A modern-day human spends the majority of their time indoors. Whether it’s at work, out grocery shopping, or just at home, you’ll rarely find a moment without a roof over your head. So, is it a surprise to anyone that the buildings surrounding us all the time can have a deep impact on our physical and mental health?
Well, we state it as obvious, but the concept of Healthy buildings is just starting to become popular. We as a species didn’t pay much attention to the structures we erected around us up until very recently.
Here are a few things that make a building healthy:
Our cities have air that is outright unbreathable. Even if the building is in an open space, the cars around it alone can ruin the air quality to an unacceptable level. How to remove this pollution is a debate for another day. What we can do today is ensure that our buildings have clear and fresh air.
This requires a whole slew of devices, from filtration to ventilation. A building with air that is much better quality than the outside will make the inhabitants feel relaxed and energized. The lack of common pollutants will improve their overall health and reduce stress levels.
Unwanted noises are a major issue plaguing all of the modern cities in the world. A person can’t seem to sit around for a minute without getting a loud horn piercing through their ears. This gives a great opportunity to building designers.
The positive effects of quiet buildings are shockingly instant. As soon as you walk into a place without any traffic or construction noise, you feel relaxed to your core. Especially in tightly-packed cities like New York, a soundproof building is like heaven.
Open design and welcoming lighting
Crammed places are the worst of our mental well-being. Sure, not everyone has a fear of tight spaces, but a building with restricted movement will have a mental toll on everyone. A great way to mitigate this issue is to design the building with open and free movement in mind.
A lot of modern architects are already moving away from rigid symmetrical designs and more towards a more natural and organic look. Additionally, soft all-encompassing lighting is proven to be much better at reducing stress, while harsh directional lights can cause massive headaches and eye strain over time.