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Human Focus in Architectural Design: Well-Being

20 September 2019

Urbanization and break off from nature has a negative effect in people’s health and happiness. This results in the decrease in participation in the workplace. In today’s world, it’s imperative to consider productivity in addition to efficiency in the workplace, functionality and aesthetics when creating new approaches in design for improved human health conditions. This trend is called “well-being”. Well-being in workplace focuses on employees’ health and happiness. Increase in productivity is achieved by creating design approaches that prioritize clean air, clean water, and nutritious food as well as stress-free office layouts.

Based upon the improvement and balance of physical, mental, and spiritual betterment, well-being is important in workplaces because majority of day is spent working. Well-being oriented design approaches has become a significant criteria in choosing jobs especially for younger generations who try to avoid intense work pressure.

Companies that focus on well-being projects get better results when they widen their perspectives and work on the well-being of their employees.

Of course, it’s not easy to transform a building into a well-being oriented structure. In 2007, a certification system that regulates the well-being of employees in workplace with the help of numerous experts and professionals. Developed in a period of seven years, “WELL Building Standard” was first announced in October 2014.

Well Building Standard defines the design, construction, and management conducted with the aims of preserving and improving the physical, mental and spiritual health. Well Building Standard not only improves the physical conditions of structures, but also encourages people who inhabit these structures to make healthier life choices in the future.

With the addition of competitiveness to the already existing chaos of high urbanisation, life conditions continue to become more and more unbearable. Changing and/or improving working conditions, well-being design approach is expected to become more popular in the future.

In short, the Well-being philosophy is a human focus design approach, pointing to the ideal living conditions in both architectural and industrial designs.

We would like to thank Mimaristudio and Gürkan Akay who provided the visuals and contents.

Well-being points ideal living conditions.