How GOCO Hospitality Approaches Wellness Architecture
At GOCO Hospitality, a large part of what we do is create wellness-centric spaces for our clients. From full resorts and communities to standalone spas, we specialize in incorporating wellness architecture into our designs.
If sustainable architecture is focused on preserving the health of the planet, then wellness architecture is about enhancing the health of those who interact with it.
What is Wellness Architecture?
Any architectural design that promotes health, good living or simply uses healthy, environmentally friendly materials can be referred to as wellness architecture.
With a growing need for intuitive spaces, it is influencing residential and commercial building design, building products, real estate development and real estate sales.
However, combining the right elements, creating a flow and focusing on key aspects of wellbeing are key to turning theoretical wellness architecture into a practicality that directly benefits the end-user.
The environment that we live in today may negatively impact our health and wellbeing.
The use of Inferior materials, mediocre master planning and a lack of integration with our natural surroundings can negatively affect our daily lives.
Needless to say, architecture that connects with nature and harmoniously fits into the environment, thereby focusing on elements of sustainability can help residents or users achieve a feeling of living well
Rethinking a Room
At GOCO Hospitality, we put a lot of emphasis on rethinking traditional spaces. An example of this could be as simple as a kitchen which is viewed traditionally as just a space for cooking and eating.
However, with a growing interest in healthy nutrition and increased focus on cuisine and food preparation, the kitchen actually becomes a space to engage in life-enriching daily habits and rituals which are at the core of wellness.
Younger generations, specifically Millennials, value experience and well-being when making lifestyle choices and this is reflected in the properties they choose for living, business and leisure.
Through thoughtfully rethinking property design with this in mind, there is a natural move towards the creation of wellness architecture.
Just as the desire for people to monitor the food they eat by choosing healthier options from more sustainable sources, the same people now also turn their attention to the construction and interior details of the spaces that they choose to reside in.
In the last decade, an acute awareness of the air we breathe has affected how millions of people interact with the world. Once a rare sight, air purifiers are now almost a standard item in homes within heavily polluted regions.
This concern is also being addressed throughout the hospitality industry where hotels and resorts are working harder than ever to improve and maintain the atmosphere within rooms by cleaning the air and removing pollutants and, where possible, dust, viruses and bacteria.
The use of sustainable materials is becoming a priority and a selling point for hospitality, commercial and residential developments where users are now proactively seeking to better understand what surrounds them and why.
Incorporating plants and nature into both design and experience is a key element of true wellness architecture. Plants are proven to enhance cognitive performance, cleanse the air, lower stress and reduce toxins.
GOCO Hospitality’s designers are currently exploring how architecture intersects with nature through biophilic design disciplines and experimenting with horticulture through design to literally ‘grow’ buildings or graft fauna onto a framework to create living structures.
Needless to say, with this increased desire for healthy living, the wellness lifestyle real estate market, according to the Global Wellness Institute is valued in excess of $134 billion. In 2018, GWI stated that there are now more than 740 wellness real estate and community developments built or in development across 34 countries – a number that has grown weekly ever since, even in the face of the COIVD-19 pandemic.
Reach out to us to know more about how we at GOCO Hospitality can help you in creating a more conscious, wellness-themed facility.