As designers and architects, we have a responsibility to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and, by extension, the broader public. But can our designed environments go one step further and actually help us heal too?
Wherever one is in the course of sickness or healing, our physical surroundings can change the way we feel and, as a result, help catalyze and speed up the healing process. We are constantly exchanging energy with the environment around us, from the land, water, plants, trees, sky, and stars. Thus, where we live, work, sleep, and receive treatment directly impacts our health, vitality, and ability to heal.
Biophilic Design: The word “biophilia” stems from the Greek meaning “love life". Research suggests that both natural and man-made biophilic environments exert a healing effect on the human body. For example, significant health benefits are observed and measured in neighborhoods with tree-lined streets (Karden et al., 2015). Biophilic design reflects man’s inherent need for nature and is a discipline that inspires the integration of natural materials and renewable natural resources. I believe biophilic design is healing for both the architect and the user, as the creation of living, breathing, structures, is energetically nourishing and stimulating.
Homes: A holistically balanced home is essential for our body’s regenerative processes. If we design our homes, particularly our bedrooms and kitchens, to be as healthy and balanced as possible, our bodies are able to heal and detoxify at a faster rate. Some of my favorite interior design strategies for this include: using organic and renewable materials, prioritizing natural colors, layering in greenery, and implementing thoughtful lighting design.
Healthcare Facilities: The design of healthcare facilities has been influenced by a number of trends, including elements of biophilic design, in recent years. A common theme has been a focus on patient experience. Whether it’s creating single-patient rooms with residential touches to make them feel more inviting, or providing access to sunlight, views of nature, or beautiful artwork, it’s clear that the healing process is supported by promoting patient comfort and satisfaction in the design of hospitals and outpatient medical centers. Check out our design work for DocCare medical facility in New York City.
“Healing Yourself is Connected with Healing Others” – Yoko Ono
Julie and her team have a passion for creating beautiful, engaging and functional spaces, focusing on both the physical as well as the emotional well being of your environment. Click on the links below for package details:
Whether it is directing the flow of chi through the arrangement of furnishings, design or colors; Julie and her team can help you to create the spaces that support your vision of a balanced life, rich in the areas that matter to you.
A well designed environment boosts employees' performance, promotes efficiency and creates a comforting space for incoming clients.