We all heard of it by now. The Wellness concept has taken over the mainstream and it’s not shy about it. Wellness promotes physical and mental health as key ingredients to great quality of life. Banking on the importance of a balanced and happy living, it stands for the pursuit of healthy and emotional equilibrium.
Historically, the concept is rooted in ancient ways of life where a healthy mind and body were central to optimal existence.
It evolved since into various methods of deliberately sustaining healthy living anything from homeopathy and osteopathy, and ending with anti-stress methods. In fact, many consider stress as its number one enemy.
From a design point of view, we all heard how a messy house makes us uncomfortable to say the least, how a beautifully designed restaurant contributes to the enjoyment of the meal and company, how a well-planned office space makes our work more effective.
Built environments have the power to structure and contribute to our wellbeing in many ways.
The primeval hut sheltered us from the rain and through its centrality, connected us to mother nature. It provided comfort and security to that style of life. When all was wild outside, the hut became a sanctuary of safety.
During the renaissance when Man took central stage, when all the power, knowledge and creativity of humankind was celebrated and nourished, architecture reflected the control and absoluteness of these beliefs. Buildings were rigorously ruled by order, precision and symmetry. Simultaneously, they promoted, and reflected, a strong sense of self. They crystallized cities as the new environment for the new man and as such, great attention was paid to how this was done. This came from the belief that built surroundings are important, that they are not something to be neglected but rather useful tools.
That was the beginning of the modern man with all that it entails. Later, as the struggles and joy of this condition left their imprint on our lifestyle, 20th-century modernity came along with validation of the wellness movement from the medical and corporate worlds.
The built environment is an unquestionable part of our intertwined reality of the everyday, capable of influencing wellbeing and a successful lifestyle.
Stay tuned for more on this topic and for concrete examples of how Dochia develops and translates these relevant concepts into designed reality.