There’s a new term that has been gaining traction in the architectural world in recent years, and that’s neuroarchitecture. It’s a term that combines two very different disciplines: architecture and neuroscience, and it comes from humanity’s growing understanding of how our brains respond to our built environment.
What is clear, however, is that whilst neuroarchitecture sounds like a particularly 21st century concept, there is real evidence that building designers have been using elements of the practice for many centuries. Just ask anyone who has experienced an emotional response when walking through an ancient building around the globe.
As any student of architecture will tell you, most of the trends in more modern architecture have been driven by more aesthetic influences and philosophies. In contrast, neuroarchitecture is less about architectural practice and more about people’s emotional responses to different spaces within a building.
Obviously, people have had emotional responses to their built environment since we sought shelter in caves. The difference today is that science has developed new ways to measure those responses and has begun to understand where those responses come from. Combining these two factors has given us neuroarchitecture.
One of the understandings to come out of this research is that there are specific cells in our brains that respond to geometry and how our living environment is organised. When you walk into a home or a room. If you’ve ever encountered a place where you felt uncomfortable and wanted to leave without fully understanding why, you know how these cells work. When you consider that the average Australian spends around 90% of their time indoors, it’s a study that is worth considering.
Not surprisingly, the study of neuroarchitecture is revealing how different demographics, whether age, gender or cultural background, respond to different elements of architecture in different ways. The possibilities for the future are limitless!
The important thing to remember if you are planning on making a move to a built environment that better suits your brain…or your partner’s heart…or your children’s toys…is that experienced and objective advice can make a real difference to your emotional response once the deal is done. So be sure to download a FREE copy of our popular booklet, “FATAL REAL ESTATE TRAPS EXPOSED”, while you’re here on our website.