Mental health awareness in architectural design

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the role architecture plays in promoting mental health. According to the NHS, a significant portion of the population experiences mental illness, highlighting the importance of designing buildings that prioritise wellbeing.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, organised annually by the Mental Health Foundation. This year's theme, 'Movement: Moving more for our mental health,' highlights the connection between physical activity and wellbeing.

At Pelham, we believe that architectural design should actively enhance mental health. Our approach emphasises creating comfortable, spacious, light, and secure environments.

Our expertise in designing supported living schemes demonstrates our commitment to incorporating mental health considerations into our designs. These spaces are tailored to help individuals with various mental health challenges recover and thrive.

Beyond aesthetic considerations, our architects also play a crucial role in integrating other factors that contribute to mental wellbeing. These include:

  • Temperature control
  • Water access
  • Air quality
  • Lighting
  • Acoustics
  • Materials selection
  • Colour contrast
  • Textures
  • Sound absorption.

By addressing these elements carefully, architects can create environments that not only support physical health but also promote mental wellbeing.

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