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Wellbeing is designed before being experienced

Are you in hospitality? Have you ever wondered how design influences your guests’ wellbeing and health?

Nature inclusive and human centered design approaches look into how we can design with nature and how in turn this creates positive guest experiences. Architecture goes beyond just function and aesthetics and should be thought and developed as a vehicle for human progress. With the correct understanding of these principles, project teams have the power to create spaces that support your guests’ activities, livelihoods and overall emotional and physical wellbeing.


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"A few years ago, data insights talked about ‘wellness being a luxury’, now we see this has become mainstream. This will, in turn, propel people to live more sustainably, as it is the same type of guest who says “I’m interested in looking after myself, BUT I don’t want to do that at the expense of the planet.”

- Kasha Shillington, CEO, Resense Spas


This guide discusses and identifies how hoteliers can design for improved well-being and health in hotels and therefore curate positive guest experience by carefully engineered building design. 

More precisely, we look into 5 fundamental design principles which are at the center of human wellbeing and health:

  1. Temperature and humidity

  2. Natural light and access to outdoor views

  3. Indoor Air Quality

  4. Connection to Nature

  5. Acoustic quality

Health and well-being is, in our sense, one the fundamental pillars to sustainability and an important factor in major environmental certifications such as LEED and WELL. A hospitality venue designed and operated to foster comfortable and healthy spaces is in essence what buildings should be about: people. 



  • Understand design’s influence on human experience and more precisely on occupant’s wellbeing, health and performance

  • Learn about particular design features which positively affect human physical and emotional being

  • Get an evidence-based understanding of health and wellbeing benefits of building design features

  • Identify which metrics to look out for to enhance comfort and health of guests and employees

  • Realize how sustainable building principles supports green and healthy spaces for people to thrive into

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