This figure is immense, particularly considering some of the spaces we inhabit on a daily basis; places with little to no fresh air circulation, no plant life, or poor lighting. Play Associates have integrated this understanding into every aspect of their design practice; from early client meetings, through design concept, documentation, and construction. We think through what it means to have a space that encourages well-being through design, by considering materiality, spatial planning, planting, air quality, and human centric lighting.
The enormous amount of time we spend indoors has other, far-reaching affects on our lives. The ability to engage with nature and natural settings becomes compromised, we can’t get to the park, or go for a walk along the beach as often as we would like. Research has shown that in the absence of being able to physically immerse oneself in a natural setting, leafy plants, highly textured fabrics in natural colour ways, and even artwork referencing nature can positively affect well-being. Our practice engages this understanding as a part of most projects we undertake. The driving hypothesis is simple: that incorporating human access to nature into our built environment can greatly improve our health and happiness at a large scale.
We can make these connections people crave so deeply through fairly simple and straightforward planning; including natural plants, water features, natural materials and elements such as wood and stone, providing natural ventilation, and using highly textured fabrics which mimic textures found in nature. Integrated into bespoke joinery, planting is never an afterthought, but carefully considered to create the maximum benefit. We consult with experts to create green spaces that will thrive with the amount of light and water they are exposed to, as well as considering other ways to engage with nature. We have designed bespoke wallpapers, textures and intricately detailed lighting plans to ensure the best possible spatial outcome.
Our practice seeks to redefine ‘green’ design to encompass more than just sustainability, which we also see as critical to our work. Our objective is to create considered design that benefits both people and the environment. We seek to make spaces that keep on giving over their lifetime of inhabitants.
The trickle down affects of this practice are the intangible. The ephemeral qualities of space are transformed through light, touch, sounds, air… to name a few. The way we feel in space is fundamentally altered, from something you didn’t know mattered, to a way of living forever benefitted from a few small, but well-placed design concepts.