I knew it! Good architecture and design can equate to better health after all. I read this report written by H. C. Dreiling for Architect Magazine this morning and had one of those “yep totally makes sense” type of moments. The medical community in alliance with architects from the American Institute of Architects recently met and discussed the benefits good design and well-thought out surroundings have on people and their health.
From the article: “Like a stone thrown into a pond, architecture initiates ever-widening ripples. Architecture influences how people move; how they are stimulated by light, sound, and color; their sense of security and mental well-being; and how connected they feel toward one another. And architecture does all this over the course of a lifespan that, ideally, lasts generations.”
I feel these statements are pretty spot-on and I direct quite a lot of my design thinking on any project toward how the spaces I’m working on will benefit the owners and occupants, both from a financial sense and on these deeper intangible levels. These benefits are what I’m aiming for, and make up what I call the Fifth Dimension. The space has to reflect the owners and occupants, and enhance their lives and health.
I can’t see how buying a stock set of plans can achieve this in most cases. Your home should be a reflection of you and your lifestyle, not a copy of something that was probably created in a vacuum and blandly repeated time and time again.
This post was originally written before re-branding as Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture at the end of 2017.
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