Average person spends roughly 80% of their time indoors, in working and living spaces designed by the architects they have hired. As a result, it is almost certain that their mental and emotional states will be influenced by the environments in which they spend the majority of their time. Thus, space, lighting, acoustics, color, and aesthetics can all have a significant impact on one’s behavior.
The materials used in construction, as well as the furnishings for use and display, all contribute to the creation of an ambiance that affects your psychology and the way you work or react to events around you. Therefore, architects must be able to learn about client’s space needs, color preferences, furniture styles that suit their lifestyles, and other details to make a definite connection between the architecture and the psychology of the individual.
The Psychological Impact of Architectural Design
Throughout our lives, we are constantly moving in and out of various buildings, and the space we pass through has a strong influence on our moods. A dark, unlit environment can make you feel gloomy, whereas a well-lit, well-ventilated environment can make you feel welcome. Large open spaces give you the freedom to move around and feel free, whereas cramped and closed areas can promote a sense of claustrophobia.
Due to the effect of buildings on people’s psychology, architects place a high value on the needs and desires of the people who will occupy the spaces they are asked to design. Visible light also has an effect on the human body’s ability to produce melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s cook and thus affects digestion and sleeping patterns. It also stimulates the production of serotonin, which can lead to a reduction in depression. That is why architects will pay attention on natural light in the spaces they design for their clients.
The perfect space is subjective and requires an architect to balance form and function, and the high cost of creating a prototype forces architects to rely on drawings, models, or computer simulations that cannot replace the original. Building design is complex, and it is nearly impossible to predict how a space will affect its users before it is constructed.
Attitudes of a person is determined by a person’s mental characteristics, and this is the psychology that an architect must address by keeping the taste and preferences of clients in mind before any design work is attempted. It is impossible to have a prison that is bright and colorful, and it is equally important to design an old age home that can soothe and calm its inmates. Architects have long known that a well-designed garden landscape can have a healing and calming effect on the occupants of any home or building. This type of greenery can also help to control temperatures and lower energy bills.
Architectural elements can have a significant impact on the psychology of people who live and work in any space, as well as on attracting customers to commercial and retail outlets. A good architect is one who creates spaces that look good on the inside and out and helps to make people feel comfortable while they are in them. An architect will never create a negative space, but usage will often result in some of the designed spaces becoming dark and gloomy, or dead and unused. Users and owners of such structures must take positive steps to modify and improve these spaces so that any negative vibes they generate are dissipated.
Architects must also ensure that when designing a space, they consider the ease and cost of maintenance. Neglecting this can lead to buildings suffering some form of neglect, which will affect the minds and moods of the building’s users.
While architects shape our buildings, it is the buildings themselves that will affect how we live, behave, and function within them in the long run. So, while buildings can be designed to be one-of-a-kind, they must never have a negative impact on their users.