FRIENDLY DESIGN

 

START  WITH

A GOOD LAYOUT

No corridors

Create a circulation space with areas for seating, socialising or sitting alone

Simple wayfinding

Curved walls add wich humanising effect and eliminate harsh corners

By creating space we create choice

COLOURS AND PATTERNS

Choose low arousal interiors

No complicated or fussy patterns

Avoid colours as red and orange

No highly reflective surface

 

ACOUSTIC

A sense of calm is essential

Noise will result in anxiety

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Good natural light and ventilation

Reduce glare with integral blinds

Reduce jumping and running opportunities

Secure windows with restricted opening

 
 

LIGHTING

 

Avoid harsh and flickering fluorescent lighting

Choose lighting with an indirect source where possible

Dimming controls will provide the opportunity to change the "mood" and offer choice of lighting intensity

HEATING

CHOOSE UNDERFLOOR

OR CEILING HEATING

Eliminate radiators

Reduces jumping and "posting" opportunities

Provides an even and controllable heat zone by zone

 

PERSONAL SPACE

(PROXEMICS)

Adequate personal space will reduce anxiety from being forces too close to others

Avoid crowded spaces with no choice to "escape"

 

SUPERVISION

Individuals are more content when they are free to express themselves without being under constant supervision

Good planning can contribute to unobtrusive supervision

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Low Carbon refurbishment

Reduce energy demand

Natural light

Indoor air quality and ventilation

Temperature and relative humidity

Mechanical