It is only in recent times that scientists have proved that architectural beauty can lift the soul, make communities more responsible and actually increase happiness.
Sounds like baloney? Well, it isn’t.
As the great Winston Churchill once astutely claimed, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”
For those of a sceptical nature, it may be hard to believe that our surroundings can make us healthier, less likely to drop litter, enhance beauty and even decrease our perception of pain.
Aspirational living can and invariably does, bring out the best in us.
Charles Darwin believed ‘all animals should be attracted to the sort of settings they excel in’.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that people will be happier if their own safe place, their home, is more than just a refuge. Whether that’s somewhere that inspires artistry, relaxation or just a place that can make you sigh when you walk through the door, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz once said, “There’s no place like home.”
But it’s not necessarily about nice wallpaper and a roaring fire. People, particularly millennials and the like, want to feel like even just living somewhere is somehow helping the environment.
Living somewhere that looks beautiful, enhances the community and also benefits the environment is, it’s probably safe to say, high on most people’s wish-list and design and architecture have huge parts to play.
In the box office smash ‘Indecent Proposal’, teacher Woody Harrelson tells his students, “Even a brick wants to be something.”
The key, it seems it design and build real estate that is both attractive, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly and as self-sufficient as possible.
US website DesignBlendz claim: “Nearly 4% of American adults suffer from depression. Sometimes, sadness is caused by circumstances outside of your control.
“Other times, factors you’ve never thought to examine may be the cause of mood swings.
“A building can look gorgeous and have great design. But, let’s face it, if it’s hot, stuffy, cramped, or poorly lit, you’re not going to enjoy your time there.
“We spend almost 3/4 of our lives indoors. This means that the importance of architecture when it comes to the interior of buildings is just as important as structural integrity.”
There are so many facets that people simply take for g