Sparkford House, Winchester
Design in Details
A student housing site located at the heart of the University of Winchester’s Campus. The project has planning consent for 90 individual studio dwellings over 4 storeys. It will include an entrance lobby and reception, and communal areas solely for the use of residents, including a common room, kitchen and dining area, TV and games room, laundry room, music practice room and gym. The building has a strong energy efficiency with green roofs to reduce rainwater runoff and improve building U- values. The building is also equipped with photovoltaic panels to reduce the buildings energy consumption.
The project was completed in Spring 2021.
In design, we bring characteristics of the natural world into built spaces, such as water, greenery, and natural light, or elements like wood and stone. Encouraging the use of natural systems and processes in design allows for exposure to nature, and in turn, these design approaches improve health and wellbeing. There are a number of possible benefits, including reduced heart rate variability and pulse rates, decreased blood pressure, and increased activity in our nervous systems, to name a few.
Over time, our connections to the natural world diverged in parallel with technological developments. Advances in the 19th and 20th centuries fundamentally changed how people interact with nature. Sheltered from the elements, we spent more and more time indoors. Today, the majority of people spend almost 80-90% of their time indoors, moving between their homes and workplaces. As interior designers embrace biophilia.
Establishing multi-sensory experiences, we can design interiors that resonate across ages and demographics. These rooms and spaces connects us to nature as a proven way to inspire us, boost our productivity, and create greater well-being. Beyond these benefits, by reducing stress and enhancing creativity, we can also expedite healing. In our increasingly urbanized cities, biophilia advocates a more humanistic approach to design. The result is biophilic interiors that celebrate how we live, work and learn with nature.