Building Designs that Promote Healing

I recently read this blog about the healing potential of building design. In particular, I feel this is important to building design in planning the construction of hospitals and other medical facilities. Research demonstrates that medical facilities that are comfortable and calming and that are designed to reduce the likelihood of spreading infection actually result in better treatment outcomes for patients. It is a fascinating topic, and one that is often overlooked in conversations about effective healthcare.

Our physical environment is yet another aspect of our well-being whose importance we often underestimate. In the workplace and in many areas of life, we often tend to behave as if we are automatons. Many people work in cramped cubicles with no natural light source, sitting in uncomfortable chairs while hunched over computer screens every day.

We are not robots. To thrive, we must acknowledge our human needs. These include physical comfort, time for activities outside of work, the time and ability to prioritize relationships, and creative outlets. We cannot be stuffed into sterile hospital rooms or claustrophobic cubicles and be expected to prosper – and hopefully, as a society we are beginning to recognize that. This new emphasis on intelligently designed hospitals represents a cultural shift away from cold institutions and unforgiving workplaces.


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Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Very interesting. Thank you.

Susan S.
Paul Stephan2 years ago

So true

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers3 years ago

I think soothing colours play a large part.

Angela M.
Angela M.3 years ago

Thank you for your article and your appreciation of the importance of our surroundings on healing and well-being. I appreciate your link to my blog. I'm an architect and write about issues facing architects, and many of the posts deal with the impact of the environment on the people that use it. You can search topics like sustainability, healthcare and wellness to find other articles. I appreciate comments and suggestions for future posts as well.

Camila K.
Kamila A.3 years ago

studies have been done to show that plants alleviate pain, and speed up recovery. They can and should be incorporated into healing designs in hospitals, grown behind glass if necessary, or hydroponically to avoid bacteria.

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

I feel anxiety when I look ahead to that age when hospital visits may become more frequent. One regularly hears of people coming out of hospital having caught some sort of bug and then there seem to be many older people who go in for an operation and that's the last you hear from them. It's definitely best to aim to stay as healthy as possible.

Diane Piecara
Diane Piecara3 years ago


Joan Earnshaw

To build a hospital designed only for the efficiency of the work staff is counter productive to healing. The work staff must be in good health, mentally, spiritually and physically to treat patients who need all those same areas healed.