Biomorphic Forms & Patterns

Biomorphic Forms & Patterns
are symbolic references to
contoured, patterned, textured
or numerical arrangements
that persist in nature

THe eXPeRIenCe

A space with good Biomorphic Forms & Patterns feels interesting and comfortable, possibly captivating, contemplative or even absorptive.


Biomorphic Forms & Patterns has evolved from research on view preferences (Joye, 2007), reduced stress due to induced shift in focus, and enhanced concentration. We have a visual preference for organic and biomorphic forms but the science behind why this is the case is not yet formulated. While our brain knows that biomorphic forms and patterns are not living things, we may describe them as symbolic representations of life (vessel, 2012).


The objective of Biomorphic Forms & Patterns is to provide representational design elements within the built environment that allow users to make connections to nature. The intent is to use biomorphic forms and patterns in a way that creates a more visually preferred environment that enhances cognitive performance while helping reduce stress
There are essentially two approaches to applying Biomorphic Forms & Patterns, as either a cosmetic decorative component of a larger design, or as integral to the structural or functional design. Both approaches can be utilized in tandem toenhance the biophilic experience.
Design considerations that may help create a quality biomorphic condition:

  • Apply on 2 or 3 planes or dimensions (e.g., floor plane and wall; furniture windows and soffits) for greater diversity and frequency of exposure.
  • Avoid the overuse of forms and patterns that may lead to visual toxicity
  • more comprehensive interventions will be more cost effective when they are introduced early in the design process.

• Fabrics, carpet, wallpaper designs
based on Fibonacci series or Golden mean
• Window details: trim and moldings, glass color, texture, mullion design, window reveal detail
• Installations and free-standing sculptures
• Furniture details
• Woodwork, masonry
• Wall decal, paint style or texture form/function
• Arrangement of the structural system
• Building form
• Acoustic paneling
• Railings, banisters, fencing, gates
• Furniture form
• Window details
• Pathway and hallway form

light fixtures, window
details and other decorative elements

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