After navigating through almost two years of a global pandemic, and as we begin a new year, it seems sustainability and wellness are on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Never more than now, people are placing their well-being and the environment above all else. Therefore, these important design aspects are predicted to be among the top trends of 2022:
Using sustainable materials is a very important aspect in design
- The construction industry accounts for almost 40% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions
- The use of sustainable materials leads to far less waste than other types of materials such as plastics, meaning less landfill waste, less energy consumption, and less impact on the environment as a whole
- Using building materials such as real wood has many benefits – it is sustainable, renewable, and has a low carbon footprint
- Using sustainable materials for interior aspects also has benefits. Energy can be conserved by using materials that are more efficient, such as low-flow toilets, green insulating materials that result in a better insulated home, eco-friendly heating systems, on-demand water heaters, and programmable thermostats.
- Using sustainable materials means you save money AND help to save the world’s resources
As people are making their wellness a priority, we are seeing a rise in biophilic design
- Biophilic design is a design concept using natural materials and living plants to better connect people with the outdoors
- The biophilic design concept was first introduced in the 1980s by American scientist Edward O. Wilson, but more recently has gained traction as a significant design approach
- Studies have proven that integrating biophilic design principles in places that we live and work can improve our well-being, especially as we spend more time inside, often more connected to the virtual world rather than the natural world.
- Humans have a strong connection to nature and bringing nature into your immediate surroundings makes you feel calmer and more content while helping decrease stress and anxiety
In response to the sustainable and wellness needs of our current times, architects are designing more with natural materials and colors.
- When it comes to building sustainable living environments, the choice of material matters a lot. Wood, for example, is a natural, renewable, and sustainable material, with a lighter carbon footprint than steel or concrete
- Using natural and earthy colors can bring a calmness to the environment and promote the inhabitants’ well-being.
- Installing living walls and maximizing natural light is a great way to bring the outdoors inside.
Architects are adapting their designs to meet the sustainable and wellness needs of the world we currently live in. By using natural materials and sustainable design, architects can create spaces that are environmentally friendly, and promote the wellness and health of its occupants.