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7.11.3 Wood zone

7.11.3 Wood zone exploration and development 73 7.11.4 Fire zone exploration and development 80 8.0 Conclusion 82 9.0 Bibliography 84 10.0 List of figures 86 11.0 Appendix-A- 92 12.0 Appendix-B-________________________________________________ 107

1.0 Introduction 1.1 Background of the project Architecture and the built environment have a major potential to promote the individual’s well-being; buildings have the power to generate atmospheres that interact with the human senses (sight, sound, smell and touch) and then trigger the emotional response which influence our wellness level in either a positive or a negative way. However, Individuals’ wellness nowadays is being disrupted by numerous factors that are becoming inseparable from the daily routine; life-work balance in the modern workplaces is getting more challenging with the increase of workloads, raising the stress levels of workers and therefor causing a negative impact on health and productivity. 6 Moreover, the consumer culture that exists today has made it difficult for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle; technology, for instance, has influenced a shift from physical to mental work and promoted the sedentary behaviour. The meaning of wellness is defined as a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit, responsible for the mankind’s holistic well-being. 7 However, physical and emotional aspects of a healing environment include elements that can either enhance or take from the spaces’ therapeutic values, such as the level of comfort resulted by design. 8 Nature, on the other hand, has healing characteristics that can be utilised within the built environment; nature lives in balance and provides the universe with a harmonious energy that architecture must learn and benefit from, in order to generate therapeutic atmospheres. 1.2 Project Outline The project comprises a “Rejuvenation Centre” designed at “Highbrook Business Park” in East Tamaki, Auckland, acting as a threshold between the industrial and nature realm. The project is a response to the envisaged major growth of both businesses and population within the precinct, 9 and aims to provide a healthy meeting place for business workers and the near-by communities. 1.3 Aims/objectives of the project -To heighten the level of wellness in all people engaged with a busy and stressful life style within the business area, raising awareness towards the “holistic wellness” concept which engages not only the body, but also the mind and spirit. -To provide a unique gathering hub that takes workers away from the industrial atmosphere, and instead, engages them with a sensory experience that targets positive emotions, as well as rejuvenates the minds. -To gain an understanding of the healing elements provided by architecture and nature, and implement them into the Centre’s design, rather than just facilitating wellness programmes. -To Investigate and learn from architecture-nature connection, and develop an architectural solution that responds to this relationship. 6 Theo T. Cary C., Doing the Right Thing: The importance of Wellbeing in the Workplace (Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 21,22 7 Ben Zimmer, “Wellness, ” The New York Times Magazine, April 18, 2010, 20 8 Christopher Day, Places of the Soul: Architecture and Environmental Design as healing Art (Oxford: Architectural Press, 2004), 20 9 Auckland Council, “East Tamaki Business Precinct Plan (DRAFT),” last modified May 4, 2012,http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/planspoliciesprojects/councilpolicies/eastta makibusinessprecinctplan/Documents/drafteasttamakibusinessprecinctplanjuneconsultati on.pdf 1

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