Are we paying enough attention to how buildings make us feel?
With wellbeing high on the list of workplace concerns, for TateHindle Director Sarah Brown, moderating London Build 2018 Expo’s ‘Design for Wellbeing’ panel discussion at Olympia in October couldn’t have been timelier. Programmed as part of the Future London stream of talks for one of the capital’s leading construction shows, panellists included Beatriz Gonzalez, Scott Brownrigg; Mindy Hadi, BRE; Chris Hildrey, Hildrey Studio; Christina Schmidt, Christinas Interiors; and David Walker, Bennetts Associates.
Panellists explored how building design can affect users’ mental health and if designers are paying enough attention to how buildings can make us feel. Questions focused on briefs for new workplaces, if extra provisions are measurable, how we communicate their value, and how evidence-based design can improve buildings to support health and wellbeing.
A lively discussion highlighted the panellists’ diverse experiences as well as a shared belief that changes are being driven by end users and that designers need to put people at the heart of the workplace to create great places for working in.