Greentecture is green architecture that respects nature, supports microliving and endorses a multi-sensory approach to wellbeing in the home
Three concepts come together in one trend to focus on proactive, pragmatic and sustainable wellbeing in our homes. It’s a trend that began five years ago and is expected to go from strength to strength into the new year, cementing these three principles as the cornerstones of a more sustainable future founded on comfort and proactive living without quite literally costing the earth.
The future is green – ecological, bioclimatic and sustainable – the future is greentecture. The Passivhaus (Passive House) is a perfect example of greentecture. It is constructed with energy efficiency in mind, using bioclimatic architecture, low-impact materials and state-of-the-art design solutions. Its airtight construction, high performance glazing, superinsulated envelopes, thermal-bridge-free detailing and heat recovery ventilation work holistically to make the best use of heat to minimise energy loss in winter while optimising air currents to reduce heat and maximise ventilation in the summer.
Eco-sustainable greentecture does not have to stand alone. In fact, it combines perfectly with the concept of microliving in urban areas to provide dynamic and flexible spaces suitable for homes, offices and public spaces. Microliving, like the phenomenon of tiny houses, connects with people’s desire to live in small yet functional spaces where maximum use is made of minimum square footage. Versatility and modular design are the buzzwords associated with this growing trend that is born of today’s increasingly smaller homes. Rooms and all the furniture have to cater to every possible need so that the space can be transformed and maximised with the minimum upheaval and effort. Ingenious design comes into play to ensure complete functionality.
The third side of this trend triangle is one dedicated to creating interiors that promote overall personal wellbeing and self-care. The goal is to offer spaces that support physical, psychological, emotional, social, professional, environmental, spiritual, and financial health and wellness. Fulfilling these requirements is becoming increasingly important, especially as more people work remotely. It is essential to have homes that feel safe, secure and comfortable and that set the scene to help us achieve holistic wellbeing.
The good news is that concepts such as restorative design, which promotes wellness, economy through conservation and a more meaningful connection to nature, a holistic approach, and the net positive impact of regenerative design, are all gaining traction and are being applied when building healthcare spaces such as clinics, hospitals and pharmacies, and housing projects.