Architecture forms the way we live together. With this Focus, we shed light on how sustainable and creative thinking can shape healthy buildings as a framework for modern life. The collection of innovative cases, inspiring talks, white paper contributions, and a new exhibition showcases how building designs can integrate sustainable solutions to create better health conditions and improve the quality of life for the inhabitants.
Shaping how we live together
Imagine a future where every design element of a building has your comfort and well-being as a goal – while ensuring overall sustainable methods and materials. We put forward this Focus on healthy, sustainable architecture as the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is opening with the critical theme 'How will we live together?'. The festival has called on architects worldwide to imagine new spaces for co-existence and inhabitation, looking at both the cityscape and the households of the future.
The Danish contribution, commissioned by the Danish Architecture Center, skilfully demonstrates how architecture can reconnect us with the Earth's elements and presenting an imperative for more sustainable solutions in the future.
This holistic approach to architecture is exemplary for Danish architects and their ability for coming up with building designs where purpose, aesthetics, and sustainability go hand-in-hand. As architects, they define value in terms of buildings that enrich their surroundings, structures that consume less energy and improve health.
In line with this approach, BLOXHUB has in a series of talks and debates during this spring investigated how healthy building design can improve well-being. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations on acoustic solutions, indoor climate and well-designed lighting, we can create healthier environments that can enhance the quality of life for the many and not only the few.
All this – and much more – you can explore through this first edition of our Focus magazine. We hope you will enjoy it.
Reconnecting with the elements
Through an artistic cyclic water system, the Danish Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia invites visitors to explore their connection to each other and nature. The exhibition, commissioned by the Danish Center for Architecture and created by the curator Marianne Krogh and architects Lundgaard & Tranberg, offers a sensory space focused on water as a phenomenon.
“The Biennale’s overriding theme, ‘How will we live together?’ has inspired us to focus on the concept of ‘connectedness’. Taking water as the physical element that connects all life on Earth as our point of departure, we’re creating a spatial architectural exhibition where water is experienced in tamed, processed and boundless states," says curator Marianne Krogh, ph.d. from Aarhus School of Architecture.
Explore the full concept for the Danish pavilion at Danish Center for Architecture.
Healthy buildings and indoor climate
Indoor climates have a significant impact on our health and cognitive functions. Study after study shows that well-being and performance improves dramatically with higher rates of ventilation, optimal humidity, lighting, noise control and well-designed spaces.
In a series of debates and talks called 'Healthy buildings - high performance - happy hearts and minds', our collaboration partners at BLOXHUB have explored different aspect of indoor climate and how we can prioritize the most important asset of any building: its people.
View below the talk on lighting, the debate on acoustics, or explore the full catalogue of videos at BLOXHUB.