The Healthy Indoors. New Challenges New Designs
Attention to wellbeing and health is now also an established consideration amongst interior designers. How to feel good at home, at work, in our free time or even in hospital or at the dentist. The 45 case studies carried out by international studios narrate it through materials, systems and design strategies, in four chapters.
In the first of these, devoted to health facilities, empathy with the patient is the prime focus, as in the project for the UMC Imaging Center oncology clinic in Amsterdam, where the cutting-edge machinery is left in plain sight to reassure patients as to the efficacy of the treatments.
The follow chapter features places designed to bestow pleasure and emotion through contact with nature, maximum simplicity and a clear spatial narrative, such as GG-Loop’s Freebooter duplexes in Amsterdam, a marriage of biophilia and parametricism.
The third chapter is devoted to spaces for the body. The lead concepts at the LIM Hair Salon in Singapore, designed by kfuna, inspired by the city-state’s cosmopolitan spirit and the bicycle park at the central station in The Hague, demonstrate how creating surreal, dreamlike spaces can help us escape from the real world.
Lastly there are places for connecting with nature, other people and ourselves. Ark-Shelter’s bungalows at the Hotel Bjornson in Slovakia, immersed in the forest, or Ademas Arquitectura’s Maria Rafaela Hostel yoga centre in Buenos Aires, respond to powerful local identity criteria capable of conferring a sense of security and inclusivity.
Title: The Healthy Indoors. New Challenges New Designs
Text: Peter Smisek
Pages: 272 pages