In this blog series, we will cover the different ways the design of your home can make a difference in your health and well-being. Our first topic is about views and a visual connection to nature.
You know that a view of a beautiful landscape is uplifting, but did you know that a visual connection to nature in your home can also produce the same effect? Research has shown that a view of nature reduces stress, creates more positive emotional functioning, improves concentration, and lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It also reduces attentional fatigue, sadness, anger and aggression and improves happiness.1
So what does this mean? Do you need a view of the Grand Canyon? Views like that are of course amazing, but even small visual connections with natural elements can make a difference when designed in the right way. When implemented correctly, a visual connection to nature will “trigger pleasure receptors in the brain, leading to prolonged interest and faster stress recovery.”1
Research has shown that more biodiversity in a scene has a greater effect than increasing the size of the landscape. So even an apartment living room and balcony designed with an open plan, large areas of glass and properly placed planters can do wonders for you. Incorporating fire or water elements can also be beneficial when they are designed to be viewed easily and often.
Repeated viewing of real nature never gets old. It will continue to have all of the beneficial effects regardless of how often you see the same scene. The changing of the weather and seasons keeps it fresh, but our minds never get tired of it.1,2
Views of landscapes from above looking over a scene with shade trees, flowering plants, calm animals and water are the most preferred1, so designing an “upside down house” where the living room, kitchen and dining area are on the uppermost floor is very effective. Visit our portfolio and take a look at the house we designed in Dondelange which achieves this very successfully.
Saharchitects is experienced in understanding how to design visual connections to nature. If you are considering a renovation or building a new home, please contact us or reserve a project feasibility call with our principal architect, Sahar Azari.
1. pg. 24, 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, 2014, Terrapin Bright Green
2. Biederman & Vessel, 2006
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