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EKKIST ETHOS

What is architecture for well-being?

Well-being has become an important driver in consumer buying habits across a range of sectors, and is increasingly becoming a feature in building design across use classes.

Ekkist was founded with the goal of creating better buildings by bringing together current approaches in design-led buildings, those which have high environmental credentials and those which are designed to human wellness principles, as we believe all three are equally important in building design.

We believe that a building should be functional and comfortable, affordable to run, built sustainably, and enable you to lead the life you want to live. It should grow with you, inspire you, contribute to the health and wellbeing of its occupants, as well as be able to change and adapt to your needs.

Our design ethos is centred on creating buildings dedicated to improving quality of life and the human experience in buildings and we are constantly questioning how buildings can help us lead happier and healthier lives, looking for design solutions and applying these in our approach to building design.

Ekkist is pioneering design for wellbeing in buildings using the new WELL Building Standard , which was established to address the need for designing buildings which support human health and well-being. Our ambition is to lead the industry in adopting the standard in building design across use classes, to create healthier communities.

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

Ekkist Core Principles

LIGHT

Always 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

2

Blueprint

Building blueprints for self-builders and developers

3

Bespoke

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

EKKIST NETWORK & ASSOCIATES

SUPPLIERS

Airflow
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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