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More than just a stylistic choice, these Malaysian interior designers reconnect homeowners to the natural world by incorporating lush greenery within the homes.

As we become more environmentally conscious, many of us are drawn to reconnect with nature by incorporating more greenery in our homes.

Whether it’s by adding more potted plants indoors or cultivating a lush garden outside our home, the allure of living seamlessly with nature becomes more than just aesthetics. 

This Earth Day, we explore the trend of incorporating greenery into homes with biophilic design, spotlighting interior design firms in Malaysia that have embraced this transformative approach. Discover how they harmonise interior design with nature for a greener and sustainable future.

What is Biophilic Design?

A biophilic design connects us with nature by integrating natural elements into the built space such as walls incorporated with living plants, the use of eco-friendly materials, lots of natural light and indoor gardens. These elements work together to create spaces that not only look beautiful but also promote well-being and a sense of harmony with outdoor elements.

In Malaysia, local interior designers are increasingly exploring this concept, seamlessly blending natural elements into residential spaces. Read on below to see some of the firms that have adopted this trend by creating captivating homes that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. 

Refine Design Atelier: The Sculptured Courtyard House

This three-storey terrace includes a central atrium filled with plants and natural light, creating an indoor garden ambience. Fostering air circulation and connectivity between spaces, it serves as the heart of the home, blending indoor and outdoor living effortlessly. With earthy materials and a modern staircase, Refine Design Atelier integrates architecture, interior design, and landscaping, offering a sustainable and harmonious living environment reminiscent of an indoor garden.

Designus Studio: Courtyard House

The Courtyard House by Designus Studio revolves around a courtyard overflowing with lush tropical foliage, a pond and a mini fountain. Allowing air to flow freely in all directions of the home, the firm also incorporates industrial and rustic styles, further complementing the leafy open area and creating a verdant sanctuary amidst the city’s hustle.

IDCandy Design: Haus59

This home ingeniously integrates nature within its walls, becoming a serene oasis amidst the urban bustle. Central to its design ethos is a commitment to sustainability, evident in its use of passive ventilation and natural light, ensuring a harmonious relationship with the environment. Encircling a solitary tree at its core, the dwelling breathes life into the space, offering a serene spot for relaxation and reflection. With strategically placed vent blocks and an emphasis on maximising natural elements, the home seamlessly blends with its surroundings, inviting occupants to connect profoundly with nature.

O2 Design Atelier: Courtyard House

This terrace by O2 Design Atelier harmoniously integrates an indoor garden, fostering a serene atmosphere amidst modern living. Enhanced by the monolithic effect of floor and wall cement finishes, the space is illuminated by abundant natural light through clear polycarbonate roof tiles, creating a dynamic play of light and shadow. Additionally, the design prioritises cross ventilation, ensuring a refreshing ambience throughout the home by facilitating airflow between floors.

EPIC 8 DESIGN: Courtyard 四合院 House | Traditional meets Contemporary

Transforming an unused outdoor space into the core of the home, the minimalist garden within the courtyard breathes life into the urban dwelling. Serving as the focal point, this indoor oasis fosters a sense of tranquillity and connection to nature, enriching the living experience. Complemented by a natural approach to material selection, including locally sourced wood and bricks, the Courtyard 四合院 House by EPIC 8 DESIGN embodies the firm’s commitment to harmonising modern living with the beauty of nature.

Looking to infuse biophilic design elements within your home? Click on the firms to explore their projects or connect with more award-winning interior designers here.

Why you should care

More than just a stylistic choice, these Malaysian interior designers reconnect homeowners to the natural world by incorporating lush greenery within the homes.

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