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EKKIST ETHOS

What is architecture for well-being?

For us, architecture or design for well-being is about understanding how every aspect of a building’s design can be harnessed to improve the health and well-being of the building’s occupants: from air and water filtration, lighting design and building materials, through to space planning, furniture and planting. We ensure that all of these elements are considered in the design process, using our unique Design for Well-being® framework. Our overall aim is to help clients create healthy buildings, which actively support their health and well-being.

 

We believe that buildings should be functional and comfortable, affordable to run, built sustainably, and enable you to lead the life that you want to live. They should grow with you, inspire you, contribute to your health and wellbeing, and be able to adapt and change to your needs.

Our unique design framework is based on 6 core principles dedicated to improving the quality of life and human experience in buildings, and is the starting point for all our advice. It is based on the WELL Building Standard™ principles and scientific research from global institutions such as the World Health Organisation.

We are constantly questioning how buildings can help us to lead healthier, happier lives, finding design solutions to support this, and applying these to our client’s projects. Our ambition is to lead the construction industry in design for well-being services and the adoption of the WELL Building Standard™ across use classes, to create healthier buildings and communities for future generations.

Roof of the Guildford United Reform Church. Barber, Bundy & Greenfield, 1965. Key reference for form of Ori House roof. Photo: Spencer Wilton

Ekkist Design for Well-being® Framework

LIGHT

Maximising internal light quality and using a daylight first approach to light in buildings

AIR

Promoting healthy indoor quality though the use of natural, non-toxic building materials and good ventilation design

WATER

Ensuring optimum water quality in buildings and encouraging efficient use of water

BIOSPHERE

Creating buildings which contribute to, and are part of, the biosphere of the region in which they are located; carbon neutral where possible, and actively contributing to local biodiversity through biophilic design principles

ATMOSPHERE

Creating buildings which inspire us, enrich our experience, and provide a canvas for wellness, happiness and creativity

ADAPTABILITY & LONGEVITY

Adapting your home to your needs shouldn’t require a major overhaul, our designs and advice are aimed at limiting disruption, eliminating waste, and maximising the usable space in buildings

At Ekkist, we use the WELL Building Standard as the starting point for our design and consultancy services. Based on years of scientific research (view our bookshelf of collated research), the standard provides a framework for the design of buildings to benefit human health and well-being.

We can provide guidance on design for well-being, whether you wish to achieve certification or simply use the framework as the starting point for your design.

THE WELL BUILDING STANDARD™

The WELL Building Standard specifies how the design and function of buildings can be optimised in order to advance human health and well-being. It covers seven core design aspects: Air, Water, Light, Nourishment, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. It can be used in conjunction with other building standards, such as LEED and BREEAM®, due to similarities in their requirements.

We are qualified to act as the WELL Building Standard Accredited Professional (WELL AP), leading the coordinated effort on behalf of the client, to achieve WELL Building Standard certification. We act as a consultant, working alongside project architects, contractors, engineers and other technical team members to collate and submit the necessary documentation for successful WELL Building Standard accreditation.

Alternatively, we can simply help you and your project team to incorporate key elements from the standard which are suited to your goals, budget, project and approach.

Chantry Wood, Surrey. Photo: Spencer Wilton

OUR SERVICES

1

Build

Joint projects with landowners, investors and joint venture partners

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Blueprint

Building blueprints for self-builders and developers

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Bespoke

Design for well-being consultancy services for individuals, developers, institutions and organisations

EKKIST NETWORK & ASSOCIATES

SUPPLIERS

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ARJO WIGGINS
BENWELLS
RIPE DIGITAL

PHOTOGRAPHY

Benjamin Parker
Dmitri Popov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Jonathan Baker
Lindie Botes
Samuel Zeller
Scott Webb
Spencer Wilton
Tobias van Schneider

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