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9. MATERIAL CONNECTION TO NATURE

PATTERNS

ENVIRONMENTAL
  • IMPROVE Comfort (2)

WELL-BEING BENEFITS

  • IMPROVE Creative Performance (1, 2)
INTELLECTUAL
PHYSICAL
  • DECREASE Diastolic Blood Pressure (3)

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."                                                                                  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

THE BASICS

This element addresses our connection to natural materials.

GOOD TO USE
  • Local materials

  • Texture

  • Biomorphic patterns

  • Natural, minimally processed materials over synthetic re-creations. 

  • Materials that reflect time and use. 

  • If man-made materials are used, the closer the representation is to the real material the better, as some of those inherent properties may be suggested. 

  • Consider especially the goal Information Richness & Complexity.  Humans are able to perceive very small scale in the structure of materials.  This detail should be available at both the smallest scales, but also at an intermediate and large scale (5).   

GIVE PREFERENCE TO
SOME INTERESTING RESEARCH
  • When concrete is left exposed, its lack of a geometric structure can cause negative sensory feedback.  Addition of an aggregate, or patterns on the concrete will help with correct fractal scaling and feel more natural, additionally adding visual and tactile interest (5).

  • A room with approximately 45% wood can decrease blood pressure, pulse rate, and brain activity, possibly having unintended effects in a room where focus and concentration are necessary (4)

  • Natural Stone, Leather, Wood, Fossil, Grasses

  • Veneer

  • Natural Color Palette

EXAMPLES
 

All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

Some more Great Examples of Unexpected Sensory Stimuli

(a range of applications & styles is are shown below)

Casa Batllo
Barcelona, Spain
Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen
UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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UW-Madison, Discovery Building
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen
Locavore
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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Falling Water
Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA
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Madison Public Library
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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Park Guell
Barcelona, Spain
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Fatehpur Sikri. India
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Colectivo
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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Art and Culture Centre
Bangkok, Thailand
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Agra Fort
Agra, India
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Taj Mahal
Agra, India
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Ireland
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Ireland
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Colectivo
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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Park Meadows Mall - LuluLemon
Lone Tree, Colorado, USA
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Royal Citadel
Hue, Vietnam
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Helios Apartments
Englewood, Colorado, USA
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