When biophilic design meets restorative architecture: the Strambinello project

  • Giulia Nota
  • Roxana Georgiana Marian
  • Guido Callegari
  • Rita Berto
  • Giuseppe Barbiero Affective Ecology Laboratory, University of Valle d'Aosta. Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability, University of Torino, Italy. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4969-3616


The present crisis in the complex relationship between Man and Nature offers an extraordinary context for experimentation also in the architectural field, where we must rethink the relationship between Man’s relational structures and his physical-spatial surroundings in terms of the material and non-material components. The multidisciplinary vision of the biophilic program examines the design of living spaces with reference to the physiological functions and the psychological, behavioral, emotional and cognitive development of the individual. Biophilic Design thus brings greater awareness of the concept of sustainability in architecture, which can then facilitate the regenerative features of human residential environments. This project presents an experimental case study of biophilic architecture that becomes a design variable for the physical and psychological well-being of the inhabitants according to certain characteristics that are known as regenerative factors by the attention restoration theory (ART). The case study, a single-family home that is being built in the municipality of Strambinello (Piedmont, Italy) is an example of a regenerative residential environment that respects the Man-Nature bond.


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