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Neuroarchitecture: how to achieve harmonic spaces to enhance well-being in quarantine

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The different spaces generate chemicals produced by the brain that positively or negatively influence the immune system (Shutterstock)

Per se, the concept of home connects us to that place in the world where we feel safe, at ease, at peace. If traditionally this was the feeling associated with our houses, today more than ever it is essential to enhance that idea. Taking into account the number of hours we are in, It is essential to achieve cozy, functional and harmonious spaces.

Some spaces seem more attractive to us than others: What makes a design or decoration provoke certain emotions? Why does one architecture seem more pleasant to us than another? Neuroscience is in charge of studying this phenomenon and from it, neuroarchitecture and neurodesign are born.

Stephie Bacque, health coach, explicó a Infobae: “A lot of people enter a house and when they leave they perceive a good or bad vibe and although this also has to do with the energy of the people, the interior design influences a lot. In a way it can be said that the different spaces generate chemicals produced by the brain that positively or negatively influence the immune system” And she exemplified: “We must take into account: natural light, ventilation, colors, presence of water, lighting, materials and textures. For the decoration, I recommend the use of comfortable and cozy furniture to achieve the healing of each space ”.

Neutral colors related to nature convey balance, warmth and well-being.  The minimalist and somewhat stripped-down environments help to rest your eyes and, consequently, your thoughts.  (Photo: El Camino)

Neutral colors related to nature convey balance, warmth and well-being. The minimalist and somewhat stripped-down environments help to rest your eyes and, consequently, your thoughts. (Photo: El Camino)

To this end, he also recommended finding a space in the house to do what is good for us and nurture positive energies, such as reading, writing, doing yoga, meditating or painting. “This place can include candles, a moodboard, a mantra, a goal reminder, or just memories that make you happy. Plants have a relaxing effect, they oxygenate and purify the air while connecting us with mother earth. If you do not have much space you can have succulents or a small plant. It is proven that they help us in our state of mind since we feel accompanied by life ”. Also Recommended to get rid of unused objects: “A clean space with few items makes your stress levels drop, your mind relaxes and your thoughts are clearer.”

And finally, recommended the use of candles, incenses, diffusers or oils with smells with which one feels comfortable. ”You can also add stones to transform energies, a pouf or cushion on the floor is enough to create your little meditation space, in which to disconnect and dedicate a moment of each day to yourself. In our cells there is information that is directly related to nature. Incorporating organic and natural shapes and textures is very important to improve our feeling of well-being. It’s about going back to the origins and not focusing on ‘having’ but on ‘being’. ”

The use of candles, incenses, diffusers or oils with smells with which one feels comfortable is recommended (Shutterstock)

The use of candles, incenses, diffusers or oils with smells with which one feels comfortable is recommended (Shutterstock)

There are certain corners of the home where we feel most comfortable. This is related to the chosen views, lighting, materials, colors and textures. The candles bring warmth and, in addition, their aromas are associated with certain pleasant sensations

Norberto Lapajukfker, Tolder’s founder, joined the debate and explained that we are at a hinge moment in the world where we rethink our existence and our spaces in a different way. “Many times we are not aware of how design impacts our daily life. Activating creativity and rethinking every corner of our house can help us a lot these days. Looking around us and taking action to bring about improvement can help us cope with quarantine much better. ”

For this he provided some tips: “The interior curtains, for example, have designs thought for multiple uses and bring warmth and privacy to your home. They can help you redefine a new color palette and complement them with the rest of the elements such as cushions and decorative objects. If you live in an apartment a few meters away, the balcony becomes very important. Think, for example, of close it and enjoy it 365 days a year. Invisible enclosure systems take care of inclement weather, and generate ‘that environment’ that was missing and, today, it can be a playroom for your children, an office to make a home office or the new dining room to dine looking at the city ”.

House galleries can also be closed for year-round use. “There are invisible closing systems that fold with almost 100% opening to access the green. To win over the use of garden livings, dining rooms, or deck chairs and a soft blanket are great allies “. Finally, he highlighted the use of current heating systems such as infrared heaters to enjoy the outdoors. “They have a great design, they are easy to install and they have very low consumption. Its infrared rays provide the same type of heat as the sun’s rays, because they heat objects or people, generating a very pleasant feeling of warmth ”.

The use of furniture, such as living rooms, in semi-covered spaces allow contact with the outside, and

The use of furniture, such as living rooms, in semi-covered spaces allow contact with the outside, and “create” those environments that were missing (Photo: Tolder).

Gonzalo Masoli, Creator of the decoration studio El Camino, agreed that these days the need to adapt spaces, re-organize the distribution of furniture, and even incorporate new decoration elements is clear. “The objective is to create more comfortable environments so that they can study, work, play and do household chores in harmony and simultaneously ”. And continued: “We always have spaces in our houses that attract us more than others. There are some more obvious reasons like views or natural light and others not so much. Some of the more subtle reasons why one space attracts us more than another have to do with the time when the sun is the most, or the experiences we have had in that place. How we put it together, how we set it, how much love we put in it ”.

The specialist believes that beyond the fact that some new uses of the homes were born from the quarantine, several are here to stay. “The houses will be used much more. For this reason, we think of integrated spaces so that work and study coexist with the tasks of daily life. The focus will be on colors and textures that do not saturate, that rest your eyes, that help and invite you to be at ease. Furniture can help divide rooms. Libraries, for example, can be turned into workplaces, as some of the options. ”

The architect Sol Juárez, of Azcuy’s Creative Project, considers that spaces can direct some sensations and emotions. “Undoubtedly contact with nature and the link with outer space are a great ally to connect with the universe and live with greater well-being. For this reason, we attach great importance to the design of open spaces, such as terraces, balconies and gardens. Undoubtedly, the use of these environments will be a trend that will be consolidated ”.

The objective is to create more comfortable environments so that they can study, work, play and do household chores in harmony and simultaneously ”(Shutterstock)

The objective is to create more comfortable environments so that they can study, work, play and do household chores in harmony and simultaneously ”(Shutterstock)

Regarding the design of the spaces, the architect considers it important that they be dynamic and wide. The kitchens integrated into the living and dining room areas generate experiences of greater interaction and collaboration between people. “Other factors to consider are the scales, the good height closings as well as the large windows that blur the limits between the interior and the exterior. It is important to achieve good climatic comfort. If the openings are of high thermal insulation performance, the use of air conditioning equipment is optimized and less energy is consumed. Being in a home where the care of the environment is contemplated, in the background also collaborates with personal well-being ”.

To conclude, Juárez maintained that, although to go through quarantine or any adversity, the main thing is to keep a positive mind, live in the present, be collaborative and have healthy habits, architecture can collaborate in that direction. “It is about choosing noble materials, correct thermal conditioning, minimalist, bare, flexible environments. And, above all, spaces that allow you to connect with nature ”.

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