Wellbeing in Interiors

Book description

This 4-colour practical guide explores how the design of interior spaces impacts wellbeing. In the built environment, this topic is generally overlooked, even though it is one of the most important topics in sustainable building. This book will enable project teams to understand how specific decisions about sustainable design and materials can be implemented on a day to day basis. Each Part ends by placing each issue into context, exploring how it is a part of sustainable design and includes practical examples. This books raises awareness of the impact interior environments have on wellbeing, and provide details and guidance on how to immediately apply the knowledge in this book to short and long term projects. It also quantifies the impacts in financial and other value terms, making this book immediately useful in a designer's day-to-day work.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Dedication
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Introduction
  9. General approach of the book
  10. What to expect in each part
  11. Defining wellbeing
  12. Part 1 Philosophy: prerequisites and outputs of wellbeing
    1. Chapter 1 Prerequisites of wellbeing
      1. Beauty
      2. Comfort
    2. Chapter 2 Outputs of wellbeing
      1. Relationship of comfort and performance
      2. Occupant performance affected by interiors
      3. Wellbeing and productivity link
      4. Harmony
  13. Part 2 Design in practice: delivering a design for wellbeing
    1. Chapter 3 Knowing the users
      1. The User Profile
      2. Empathy
      3. Environmental psychologists
      4. A specialist explaining things in their own words...
      5. CASE STUDY: Huckletree co-working workplace
    2. Chapter 4 Existing buildings and priorities
      1. Selecting and working with existing buildings
      2. Prioritising issues
    3. Chapter 5 Designing user experience
      1. User experience through spaces
      2. Entering into a building
      3. Multi-sensory design
      4. Biophilia
    4. Chapter 6 Design characteristics and issues affecting wellbeing
  14. Part 3 Design in practice: aesthetic issues affecting wellbeing
    1. Chapter 7 Elegance/Elegant
    2. Chapter 8 Balanced or symmetrical
      1. The relationship of nature, proportion and symmetry
    3. Chapter 9 Colour and the psychology behind it
      1. Introduction to colour psychology
      2. The impact of colour
      3. Use of colour in interiors
      4. The psychological properties of the main hues
      5. Process of colour selection
      6. The four colour groups
      7. The interdependence of shape, size and colour
    4. Chapter 10 Repetition and patterns
    5. Chapter 11 Shapes, volumes and proportions
      1. Shapes
      2. Contours and angles
      3. Symbolism of shapes
      4. Proportion of shapes and patterns
      5. Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio
      6. Volumes of space
      7. Ceiling height
    6. Chapter 12 Symbolism
    7. Chapter 13 The use of artwork in interiors
      1. A specialist explaining things in their own words...
    8. Chapter 14 Materials and textures
      1. Materials
      2. Textures
      3. Measuring the effect and amount of texture
  15. Part 4 Design in practice: physical issues affecting wellbeing
    1. Chapter 15 Interior atmosphere
      1. Air quality overview
      2. Thermal comfort
      3. Humidity
      4. Fuel for the mind
      5. Air health
      6. Specifying products and materials
      7. Study highlights of indoor air quality testing outcomes in occupied spaces
    2. Chapter 16 Illumination and light design
      1. Visual and non-visual impacts on humans
      2. Lighting for meaning and emotional expression
      3. Working with daylight
      4. Strategies to integrate in design
      5. Artificial light
      6. Light source types
      7. Impacts to colour and texture
      8. Task and ambient lighting
    3. Chapter 17 Space planning
      1. Contemplation and communal spaces
      2. Furniture
      3. Views out and lines of sight
      4. Harmonising interior layout with occupier culture or needs
      5. Security and interiors
    4. Chapter 18 Acoustic design
      1. Designing for good acoustics
      2. Sound treatment and design thinking
    5. Chapter 19 Operational issues
      1. Controllability
      2. 'SoftLandings' process
      3. The landlord, facilities manager and tenant opportunities
      4. Occupancy surveys
  16. Part 5 Value in practice: measuring wellbeing
    1. Chapter 20 Identifying and managing value
      1. Measuring wealth
      2. A better place
      3. Defining project KPIs and UPAs
      4. Performance of space
      5. Strategy, clarity and measurement of value
    2. Chapter 21 Measuring value
      1. Measuring wellbeing
      2. CASE STUDY: Measuring wellbeing in a call centre
      3. Measuring productivity and SROI
    3. Conclusion
  17. Refereneces
  18. Index
  19. Image credits

Product information

  • Title: Wellbeing in Interiors
  • Author(s): Elina Grigoriou
  • Release date: August 2019
  • Publisher(s): RIBA Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781000705232