Should Architecture Be More Than Just A Building? Part 02: Healthy Homes

In our last post, we discussed the many ways we can consider improving the health of our homes. There is so much to say on this topic so we couldn’t resist doing another post with some more interesting information from The Secret Agent’s 2019 report called Healthy Occupants.

First, no more cramped spaces – spaces can be small but they need to be light, airy and clever!

“An increased risk of heart disease and developmental delays in children are other health consequences linked to cramped living arrangements” (Bashir, 2002)

 ‘Cramped’ spaces are becoming the norm in major cities, but studies show this isn’t having a positive impact on our health. Cramped spaces that are also dark and not well-ventilated have been shown to have negative impacts on mental health, as well as physical health through increased stress and the effect this has on our body.

Studies have also shown that access to the outdoors and amenities is imperative not only to maintain consistent physical activity but to enhance the feeling of a space. So, whilst you may not have a large home, as long as you perceive that you are close to large outdoor spaces, a significant level of potential stress is minimised.

Perhaps this seems obvious, but when we reflect on the physical and mental health benefits, it feels like a no-brainer that the elements of a healthy home make it to the top of the briefing list when designing new homes.