Healthcare Environments Benefit from Biophilic Design

Updated: Sep 10

Biophilic design in healthcare environments is proven to aid in healing of body and spirit.

Seascape scenes at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin created from detailed brass in terrazzo

Imaginative Flooring Designs Contribute to Quicker Recovery and Better Healthcare Experiences


“Good design can provide an environment that reduces stress and can eventually lead to faster patient recovery… and less fatigue for the clinical staff.” — Architect Alisdair McGregor

When you must be in a hospital, as a patient or a visitor, there’s plenty to be anxious and concerned about. Thanks to volumes of evidence-based research into the impact of healthcare facility design on care outcomes, there’s more and more to feel comfortable and positive about in many hospitals.

Patient and family-centered care is now the norm because of the convincing research that shows the positive benefits of design on care outcomes, caregiver well-being, and even hospital financials. According to Metropolis Magazine’s interview with Architect Alisdair McGregor, “Good design can provide an environment that reduces stress and can eventually lead to faster patient recovery… and less fatigue for the clinical staff.”

Healthcare interior architecture that holistically supports mind, body and spirit utilizes many techniques to create places that nurture healing:

  • Art and wayfinding inspired by the colors and images found in nature.

  • Calming gardens and outdoor spaces that are visible from patient rooms and easily accessible.

  • Homey environments where patients feel comfortable and families want to gather.

  • Visual themes that reflect local culture, build supportive communities, entertain, and offer distraction from stressful situations.

Partnering to enable Healing Design

Architects and designers are partnering with Creative Edge to create imaginative flooring designs fabricated from terrazzo, tile and vinyl that contribute to powerful healing experiences. These surfaces are ideal palettes to deliver positive imagery – in practical surfaces that meet the hygiene needs of medical facilities – that are empowering patients to recover faster.


Biophilic images that mimics nature – like this terrazzo dragonfly – actually contribute to people’s feelings of peace and calm. Wisconsin Children’s Hospital features environments that promote learning and distract patients and families from the stresses of medical care.



We'd love to help you do more with floors in your space

Contact Us

Let's talk about partnering on your next project.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Receive our e-newsletter

Share your thoughts

CREATIVE EDGE | A WEATON COMPANY | 601 S 23RD ST, FAIRFIELD, IA 52556 | 800-394-8145