“Architectural Psychology” is the study of the connection between people and the physical environment. It has become a hot topic in recent times and could even be considered a new ‘trend’ in architecture. While the term itself might be relatively new, the concept is not. Put simply, it’s about listening to and understanding people better to make small, yet significant, design decisions that improve the experience for everyone.
Connection to the Environment
People thrive with social and environmental connections. No human is an island – introverts included. It is vital from both a wellness and productivity standpoint that people feel connected to their surroundings.
Have you ever considered why you work better in some places over others? What is it about those environments that work for you? The answers you come up with are at the core of what Architectural Psychology is all about.
Take high ceilings for example – it has been shown that spaces with higher ceilings and large windows promote creative thinking, while rooms with lower ceilings are more conducive to tasks that require great focus and detail.
The applications of Architectural Psychology extend beyond learning and working environments. In fact, it can be applied to almost every environment from hospitals, living spaces, and more!
Take hospitals for example – these clinical environments stereotypically feature monotonous design and dull interiors. Hardly a psychologically positive setting if you ask us! Hospitals must host patients, doctors, nurses, support staff, visitors, and more. Here, the ideal focus should be counteracting the feeling of being locked in.
Implementing factually verified observations such as the positive impact of daylight and natural ventilation are relatively small details that make a huge difference. Wood flooring is also a great element as it is commonly associated with more natural, calming environments.
Better Architecture for Everyone
Understanding the psychological implications of your design decisions is a powerful thing. It can help architects design spaces more consciously and considerately. While it may seem like a confusing topic on the surface, we hope we’ve been able to show you that it doesn’t have to be. It’s a matter of striving for the same goal that most master architects aim for – enhancing the quality of a space and consequently enriching people’s lives.
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