Wellness in Education Design

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With teen suicide on the rise, there’s never been a more important time to consider wellness in the Interior Design of schools.  Young people are bombarded with technology these days and the gossip/ bullying doesn’t stop when the bell rings at the end of a school day.  Instead, since most teens and even pre-teens have a mobile device, the classroom becomes a haven where digital distractions are either lessened or non-existent. 

As such, it’s imperative that design professionals take this concept of a haven to the next level.  We must create environments that not only promote learning but empower the adolescents to be who they were created to be.  Here are three key items to consider: 

LIGHTING

Studies have shown that the blue light screens emit has a tiring effect and over time, tiring your eyes.  Both the color temperature of lighting and the output of lighting sources affects a person’s experience in a space.  For high intensity areas that require focus and concentration, a stronger light output with a whiter light is required.  For more subdued study sessions or collaboration areas, a warmer and lower light level can relax students and put them at ease.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDY 

Every student learns differently, so a variety of study areas allows every student an opportunity to reach their potential.  By planning a mixture of spaces including lounges, community tables, individual pods and even think tanks, students are able to absorb information in a way that works for each individual.

SOCIAL INTERACTION 

Just as students require varying options for study sessions, they also need diverse spaces that support all sizes of social interaction.  Having the ability to retreat is an essential need for an introverted student. Individual spaces that allow students to have down-time away from the hustle and bustle is just as important as supporting group activities.

As you can see, we’re really passionate about education design!  We believe that wellness must be considered in every design decision and we hope to have the opportunity to design more schools with this in mind.

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