Design and architecture for well-being – SUPPLEMENTS

In the years to come, we will see a renewed focus on our physical and mental well-being.

In the years to come, we will see a renewed focus on our physical and mental well-being.

Designs that prioritize physical well-being are those that are designed sustainably. I hope to see spaces designed to minimize VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions and indoor pollution. This involves energy-efficient buildings that encourage compact and sustainable environments.

At East India Hotels Corporate Headquarters, the central glazed courtyard is the heart of the workspace

There is also a need to create positive and optimistic spaces that enhance the user’s sense of mental well-being.

The levels of richness that can be achieved by understanding what a space is and what it brings to the wider community is truly remarkable. Design can be used to break down hierarchies and create environments that encourage collaborations. I expect designers to embrace clean, well-lit and flexible spaces that are well designed and stylish. Well-lit and well-serviced spaces enable residents to think clearly and live healthily. A good design brings joy to the people who use it.

Modern buildings are like evolving environments: work, leisure and domestic activities are becoming more and more interchangeable, leading to the creation of open and flexible spaces. Architecture neither begins nor ends with the building; rather, it creates frameworks in which our lives unfold. As users and their sensibilities change, our spaces must evolve. Robust and flexible, they must be designed to adapt to the changing needs of the people who use them. This approach considers product life cycles and serviceability, resulting in buildings and interiors designed for longevity and programmed for change. The essence of these spaces is the positive, livable environments they foster: capturing light, air, and a sense of optimism for the future.

Akshat Bhatt; The design of this home employs a flexible open plan, using expanding and contracting volumes to create differential experiences

One trend I’d like to see in the coming year is our resource consumption habits. The current rate of consumption is rapidly depleting our natural resources at a rate that will soon render our planet uninhabitable. We need to assess what is really essential for sustenance and consider the whole life cycle of the resource – where it goes once it is discarded and whether it has potential for reuse or regeneration.

One trend I wouldn’t like to see is a return to traditionalism. I think that’s a sloppy way of thinking. I can appreciate a letter written in verse, that doesn’t mean I would ever think of writing a letter like this today. Design must adapt to the present and adapt to the future. We must try to improve the world by doing new things.

Akshat Bhatt is the Principal Architect of Architecture Discipline, a Delhi-based multidisciplinary firm. His work ranges from residential and commercial interiors to large-scale public and commercial assignments. www.architecturediscipline.com

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