Case Study

November 25, 2019

Summit Vista Reaches New Heights in Senior Living

Set amidst Salt Lake City’s breathtaking mountain views, Utah’s first Life Plan Community, Summit Vista, is designed to look unlike any other retirement facility. Having grown up in his family’s assisted living business, Mark Erickson, CEO and executive director of Summit Vista, says, “We know how to operationally run things, but I didn’t want this…

October 25, 2019

The Memory Center Atlanta Fosters Independence Through Community

The Memory Center offers dementia patients the one thing they’re hard-pressed to find anywhere else—independence. Using evidence-based design principles, UPHEALING’s Lilliana Alvarado helped parent corporation MemCare realize its vision of a unique facility that offered patients the familiarity, variety and freedom they need to thrive.

May 15, 2019

Rethinking How Interiors Can Support an Innovative School Curriculum

One step into THINC College & Career Academy and you know this is a place of innovation. Robotics, science and healthcare labs, collaborative classrooms and even a market space, are all set against a backdrop of vivid colors and patterns. It’s clear this is not your typical high school environment. Located in LaGrange, Georgia, THINC…

February 7, 2019

How the LaGrange College Library Achieved LEED Certification

If you’re going to do something, do it right. When Library Director Loren Pinkerman came to LaGrange College, he immediately began lobbying for a new building. After 40 years and substantial growth in the student body, it was time. One of former President Stuart Gulley’s primary directives? Make it LEED certified. Greening the Campus For…

July 30, 2018

Using Biophilia to Design a Better Learning Environment

Situated in the heart of the Forest of Dean, St. White’s Primary School wanted to draw on the surrounding landscape to create a nature-infused space that would reconnect students with the outdoors. The new building combines outdoor play areas and forest views with nature-inspired fixtures and fittings. There are proven benefits to incorporating nature-inspired –…

June 22, 2018

Biophilic Design in Urban Architecture: The Oasia Hotel in Singapore

The Oasia Hotel Downtown, designed by Woha, a Singapore-based architectural firm, is one of the most stunning skyscrapers in Asia. There is, first, the signal-red mesh envelope, a splash of color unlike anything in its neighborhood, and then the surreptitious patches of green that seem to slowly envelop the building. Planted façades are not new…

May 9, 2018

Paramit Factory: A Case Study in Industrial Biophilic Design

The Paramit Factory by Design Unit Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia, challenges the industrial typology that is too often mired in questions of functionality and cost. John Bulcock, the principal architect, is best known for tropical houses, noteworthy for unfinished concrete walls and playful inventiveness with climate. Daylight, greenery and vistas were key considerations from the start.…

May 4, 2018

CBRE Madrid: The Benefits of WELL Building 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. 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 measurable difference to how we function within our…