Neuroarchitecture, the architecture to come

30/07/2019

Neuroarchitecture, the architecture to come

Offices and work places are evolving ever faster and becoming increasingly efficient. Adapting space to user needs is vital for a company’s success.

How can user needs be identified? How can we make sure of a successful result? The answer is simpler than it may seem and involves a combination of neuroscience and architecture, which together form a discipline known as neuroarchitecture.

The main function of neuroarchitecture is to create spaces for happiness, wellbeing, productivity and quality of life. Breathing life into buildings that reduce the stress and anxiety of the people who use them. Architects and neuroscientists in this discipline work together with a view to designing spaces focused on the brain function of their occupants.

People spend most of their time inside buildings. It is therefore essential to create more human and healthy spaces, which meet the needs of the people who occupy them. These needs can be aesthetic or symbolic and this is where neuroarchitecture comes into play.

Neuroscience can map the brain to help us to understand what stimulates a person, what things activate the brain and those things that it does not like. It is therefore possible to establish whether a building’s architecture inspires calm or anxiety in its users, whether its proportions are optimal and whether the light that enters is suitable. We can also determine the elements in the brain that generate collaborative urges or a need for privacy.

On the bases of all this it is possible to create office buildings in which users feel 100% comfortable. This can be done, for example, by avoiding very abrupt angles as they generate stress, by encouraging the creation of rectangular areas as they reduce the feeling of closed space, or by introducing artificial light with which users feel at ease.

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