The architecture industry is better aware of healthy building standards and better prepared to advance effective solutions two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began. The topic of World Architecture Day 2022, “Architecture for well-being,” coincided with the year 2022 being designated as the UIA Year of Design for Health in buildings and cities.
As the year comes to a close, ArchDaily examines “healthy spaces” as a trend and offers perspectives that will be relevant for years to come.
We spend about 90% of our time indoors. In 2022, lockdown lethargy continues to define the lifestyles of most people. The pandemic has been a turning point in the building industry’s understanding of health and well-being.
His next two years of ideas and experiments have enabled architects to better implement the science of happiness through design strategies. As our awareness of the impact of the built environment on us grows, so does our interest in understanding the universal impact of architectural design on physical health.
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. By designing spaces with a focus on health impacts, wellness architecture can provide buildings that meet this multidimensional definition. Wellness design may be a relatively new term, but the principles borrow ideas from historical design techniques.
The townscapes of the ancient Greeks were a harmonious fusion of temples, hospitals, slumbering cure homes, and theatre for cultural, spiritual, and bodily comfort. The Romans understood the value of light, wind, and water as well as how they related to structures to support a healthy life. Chinese and Indian design cultures in the East were focused on health-related principles like feng shui and Vastu, respectively.
The World Health Organization has urged governments to give everyone’s mental health and wellness a priority. Designing for health and well-being can be regarded from a variety of angles, including those related to the physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental aspects.