This webinar is part of the Interiors Academy
From a modern aesthetic viewpoint, what does “good” interior design mean? More and more, it encourages enhanced well-being, longevity, and an optimized user experience. Comfort and eco-friendly solutions go hand in hand, from specifying green materials, sustainable products and technologies, biophilic design elements, lighting strategies, and zero-VOC interior paints and finishes to successfully measuring carbon emissions and perhaps most important, educating clients on the value of building green.
This live webinar will explore the impact our interior surroundings have on wellness, longevity, and happiness. It will examine several projects that have seamlessly merged environmentally responsible interior design strategies with these overarching goals of occupant comfort, safety and well-being. The speakers will discuss the drivers for the sustainable approaches taken, along with details of the specific products, materials and even colors chosen to achieve their wellness-inspired design goals.
Among the highlighted projects will be the Boettcher Building project that Rowland + Broughton completed this year at the Aspen Institute. The rehabilitation of the Boettcher Building design goals began with seeking Landmark Designation to the Aspen Modern Inventory of historic structures. With this designation in mind, the team developed the primary design goal: to honor and respect the legacy of Herbert Bayer with a thoughtful restoration of the exterior and creative renovation of the interior to guide the building through the next four decades, with an emphasis on flexibility and innovation. Crucial to the entire work, the existing open-air central courtyard would need to be enclosed to provide greater year-round functionality and comfort.
Sarah Broughton, FAIA will present another innovative project, Meadow House, which was completed at the beginning of 2021. This Aspen Starwood residence accomplished goals of integrating the structure into its surroundings while opening it to the views, respecting and reflecting the natural environment, and encouraging integrated living. The home uses all natural materials and has many wellness features such as a spa and greenhouse.
The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion focused on how these innovative custom home projects address several key issues.
- Describe the sustainability strategies influencing interior design that support occupant wellness, longevity and vitality.
- Discuss ways in which the latest technologies in zero- and low-VOC paints and finishes can help contribute to well-being, with respect to such factors as improved indoor air quality (IAQ) and mold, mildew and bacteria mitigation.
- Explain how architects and interior designers can employ the power of nature to promote physical and emotional well-being with approaches such as the inclusion of biophilic design elements.
- Identify color trends that promote a feeling of well-being within an interior space.