How Does Architecture Affect You?

Published on 28th February 2019

There is a case to be made that all architecture has an impact on human beings. However subtle that impact may be. Is architecture just about keeping us sheltered, or does it have a bigger part to play in all our lives?

Architecture as a social catalyst is a difficult theory to substantiate. Who could honestly argue that a building had changed the world? Perhaps the doings inside a building could make that claim…but not the building itself. However, that buildings can change lives, outlooks and communities, is a simpler hypothesis to argue.

  • Is it good enough, for a hospital to provide medical facilities alone, or should it also deliver a vibrant and rejuvenating environment to encourage a speedy recovery?
  • Is a school really fulfilling its remit, if it is staffed by quality teachers but fails to provide a stimulating environment?
  • Can a block of flats in a state of disrepair be said to motivate forward thinking, encourage good behaviour and enable upward mobility?
  • Or an office with nothing but grey walls and grey cubicles provide inspiration and energy for the workers who inhabit it daily?
  • sensory impact on learning infographic
What Does This Mean For Us?

Architecture should provide places of comfort, safety and beauty for people to live their lives around. It can, and should, be thought-provoking, encouraging and inspiring.

It should enhance an environment, not impose itself upon it. It should certainly not impoverish it, by taking over flood plains, ravaging areas of natural beauty or infringing on other’s happiness.

At Apropos we try to create all of our structures so that they provide multiple benefits for their owners. Those benefits can include increased living space, aesthetic appeal, enhanced light levels and architectural cohesion. The results can be anything from an improved quality of life and increased family interaction, to a better state of health – natural light works on the body and mind in all manner of ways.

Design and architecture have the ability to influence not just how and where we live, but how we think, how we feel, and how we relate to each other and the environment. There is a proven correlation between well-being and light levels, as well as well-being and green spaces. Architecture can influence both those things.

So let’s return to the question; how does architecture affect you? It provides shelter, it gives security, it can stimulate your senses, inspire deep thinking or deep relaxation, it can help you learn, it can help you heal, it can, in short, change the way you live.

Architecture as a social catalyst is a difficult theory to substantiate. Architecture as a life enhancer is much easier to prove and this is a philosophy we’re happy to promote at Apropos.

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