Well-being

21 September, 2018

+Positive Spaces Make People Happier

The design of a space and the products that go into it should allow the people who work, live and exist there to be happier. +Positive spaces motivate us to be our best, but they also help us feel our best. From inspiring colour palettes to elements that promote well-being, well-designed spaces can make us happier and healthier.

6 July, 2018

Get Inspired by WELL

With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, chronic illnesses are a growing issue. Globally, 76% of employees report a struggle with wellbeing1, and work-related stress costs the US approximately €255 billion and Europe €550 billion annually.2 With this in mind the WELL Building Standard™ (created by the International Well Building Institute…

28 June, 2018

The changing needs of higher education spaces for students and universities to thrive

Where we learn matters. On the face of it this might seem like an obvious statement. There’s no questioning the fact that the UK is home to some of the best universities in the world. In fact, four of the top 20 universities in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 20181 are in the…

4 May, 2018

Designing with the WELL Building Standard in mind

At the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), our mission is to lead the movement to promote health and wellness in buildings and communities everywhere. We are very pleased to see the growing investment and interest across the globe, including initiatives such as the WELL Building design guide published by Interface. By placing people at the…

12 April, 2018

CBRE Madrid: WELL Building and the Benefits in Practice

In 2013, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched a movement to address issues regarding health and well-being within the built environment (issues which are somewhat overlooked by existing standards). From this the WELL Building Standard™ was established, with the aim to provide architects and designers with guidelines on how to make a real and…

24 October, 2017

What is Quiet Mark and Why Does it Matter?

Sound – especially sound in the spaces where we work – affects us far more than you might think. When it comes to designing interior spaces, acoustic considerations are often put aside or completely ignored in favour of purely visual aesthetics. However, condemning office workers, hospital staff, students and teachers, guests in hotels and even…

29 September, 2017

The True Cost of Noise

Dead silence can be an intimidating working environment. Some sound in any workplace is generally desirable: pleasing background sounds like the gentle, indecipherable babble of colleagues speaking, one’s own choice of music or perhaps the sounds of nature coming through an open window. However, much of the sound in typical workplaces is undesirable: ringing phones,…