Understanding the Effect of Architecture on the Quality of Our Lives
December 19, 2022
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Most of our lives are spent under a roof – be it our own abode, school and college, workplace, places like shopping malls or restaurants where we socialise, or essential infrastructure like hospitals – among several others. Even if we aren’t constantly bound to an indoor environment, buildings are a common phenomena which we get to behold all around us, even while we are commuting, travelling, or simply taking a stroll outdoors. This holds especially true for urban areas, where we easily come across imposing edifices occupying the land. So, whether it is a residential property in Mumbai and other cities, or any social or commercial establishment – architecture is always an ubiquitous part of an individual’s daily life.
As a result, architecture also tends to subconsciously impact our feelings, behaviour, and overall health. We instantly observe elements like the colours, design, smells or sounds when we enter a space, making our senses react to them in certain ways and in turn affecting our mood. This is exactly why architects always aim to construct and design homes or buildings in a manner such that the spaces will promote the health and happiness of inhabitants.
The Impact of Different Architectural Elements on Our Lives
There have been many studies conducted over the years regarding the effect that the facade of a building bears on people. A common observation that came to light from one such research study, conducted by Canadian neuroscientist and design consultant Colin Ellard, was that when the facade of a storefront was simple or monotonous, most individuals demonstrated a negative response and walked past it quickly without paying any attention to it. On the other hand, they tended to react positively to facades that were more complex, eye-catching, and interesting, as these compelled them to take a look and visit the establishment.
Colour is yet another element of architecture that plays a significant role in influencing the way we feel or behave in and around a space. From the earthy tones of primary materials required for building construction such as brick, stone, wood, etc. to the wide spectrum of hues which can be used to paint the building’s facade, interiors, windows, doors, roof, etc. – they all affect an individual’s psychological state. Therefore, architects have to take into account the potential impact of all these colours on people, if the space in question intends to create the desired ambience and mood. For instance – the colour yellow reflects warmth and joy, green depicts tranquillity, blue has a soothing and relaxing effect, whereas red is bold and striking.
Daylighting is a key architectural facet which allows the flow of natural light into the interiors of a space. This practice involves the strategic placement of reflective surfaces, windows and other openings so that the space receives sufficient sunlight – either directly or indirectly. Not only will the proper execution of daylighting enhance a structure’s aesthetic appeal, but it will also contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability. More importantly, research has shown that daylighting when done right can benefit your circadian rhythm, which acts as your body’s internal clock – telling it when to rise, eat or sleep. Thus, this element is quite vital to your health and well-being.
Having green spaces in the surroundings is a necessary factor for ensuring our overall wellness. It is imperative that green spaces like open air gardens, playgrounds, parks, etc. are accessible to one and all, as this element is said to be beneficial for an individual’s mental as well as physical health. This is especially crucial for urban homes and buildings, as green spaces can help in controlling pollution levels in cities. L&T Veridian at Emerald Isle is one such residential project situated in Powai, Mumbai, that has been prudently designed to offer almost three acres of central greenery and ten acres of open space to its residents.
Being one of the leading builders in India, L&T Realty has developed and is developing many other exceptional residential properties such as 77 Crossroads Ghatkopar, Crescent Bay in Parel, West Square in Navi Mumbai, and more in cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, etc. – which boast the best of architecture as well as amenities, in order to enhance your living experience.