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Wellness Mentoring Design Review

We spend around 90% of our time indoors. In 2022, lockdown lethargy still continues to drive most people’s lifestyles. The pandemic served as a turning point in the architecture/design/construction and wellness industry’s understanding and integration of health and wellbeing. Ideas and experimentation in the following two years have allowed professionals to better implement the science of well-being through design strategies. Becoming increasingly aware of the impact-built environments have on us, there is a growing interest in understanding the universal effects of building design on bodily health.

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being”.

By designing spaces with a focus on their impact on health, wellness mentoring design is capable of delivering spaces/houses/offices/stores, and buildings that host this multidimensional definition. Wellness Design may be a relatively new term, but the principle borrows ideas from historical design techniques, like Ancient Greek townscapes were a harmonic combination of temples, clinics, houses for sleeping cures, and then, and theatres for cultural, spiritual and physical relief. The Romans recognized the importance of light, wind, water, and its relation with buildings to promote healthy living. In the East, Chinese and Indian design traditions were centered around well-being practices like feng shui and vastu respectively.

The World Health Organization has called for making mental health and well-being for all a global priority. Designing for health and wellness can be viewed from different perspectives, such as environmental, intellectual, spiritual, and physical factors.

Sustainable Design aims to create spaces / products that are healthier not only for its surrounding environment, but its inhabitants. Wellness Mentoring Design was established from the understanding that the mind and the body develop within a “sensorially rich world”. It utilizes nature’s cure to alleviate stress, improve air quality, and support cognitive function. Fundamentally, the principle emphasizes the connection between indoor environments and occupants with nature. With all the ongoing design trends that have consolidated as a result, the demand has focused on organic materials that emulate outdoor environments.

Not new that the impact of stress as a primary cause for the deterioration of physical health. The wellness design concept hypothesizes why some individuals under stress fall sick while others stay healthy. The design model offers a network of tactics to enhance the inhabitants' sense of understanding of the space, manageability in the space, and sense of meaningfulness in the space. The factors have been proven to improve the mental and physical wellbeing in a building. Wellness design can be applied to any structure, it proves of total advantageous to any kind of facilities where the built environment will influence people recovery and foster a natural healing process.

For thousands of years humans only knew daylight, fire and the darkness of night. Now we spend about 90% of our time in interior environments, not getting the proper balance of bright days and dark nights. Living beings are biologically linked to light - it is the primary stimulus for maintaining the circadian rhythm. As we live most of our lives in closed environments, we are bombarded during both day and night with intense lights, disrupting our natural circadian rhythms. By optimizing light levels and accessibility in spatial design, natural balance can be promoted to benefit productivity and sleep cycles.

When creating unique design, visionary ideas aren’t always enough. A unique look demands character, knowledge, courage, and distinctive materials. And a format to achieve the extraordinary.


Wishing you a conscious life,

Pedro Proff

Wellness Mentoring

"Conscious Living" M. 00351 910 003 196


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