Reclaimed ironbark has been used for the beams and columns in the indoor-outdoor space and the promenade decking is made from local hardwood, recycled from an old wharf structure at Victoria Harbour.
This is in direct contrast to many mental health facilities that have an unnatural and institutional feel. The use of courtyards, both large and small, with wooden panels creates spaces that also allow light and cross ventilation into the building.
The Dandenong Mental Health Centre, designed by Bates Smart and the Irwin Allsop Group, is the largest mental health facility in Victoria (Figure 3). Natural timber is used extensively in the walls and ceilings throughout the building, both inside and out, to create a residential and suburban feeling.
Now we want to focus on a few number of examples of the types of work being done in wood along with the ideas of those involved. The first example that we would like for you to look at is the Dandenong Mental Health Centre.
An increasing number of architects who design buildings for healing, learning and relaxation are incorporating significant amounts of wood into their structures to capitalise on its health and wellbeing benefits.
In further study, a chart shows results of the Planet Ark survey asking how participants perceive different material types. From the result, we conclude that wood in action allows for structures such as promenade decking made from local hardwood, recycled from an old wharf.
To the feelings of warmth and comfort it creates and its natural look and feel. An increasing body of research is beginning to show that being surrounded by wood at home, work or school has positive effects on the body, the brain and the environment.
These survey results provide support to the empirical evidence discussed above. Even though many people don’t understand the health and wellbeing benefits of wood they instinctively react.
Plastic was seen as the cheapest material but it also scored lowest in four out of five categories related to creating pleasant surroundings and being environmentally friendly. Interior wood is being used to frame views of nature.
By nine out of ten people, and as being the most environmentally friendly by seven out of ten people. By comparison the second most popular material, brick, received an average of 34% less positive feedback.
The positive views of wood continue even when compared to other material types (Table 2). Wood was viewed as the material that creates a natural look and feel, warm and cosy environments, is visually appealing and is nice to touch
Eight out of ten people also thought that wood is versatile, recyclable, renewable and long lasting. Australians however appear to be less aware of the environmental benefits of wood, with only six out of ten survey participants understanding that wood stores carbon and creates less carbon emissions during production than steel and concrete.
Results of the Planet Ark survey on whether Australians ‘agree’, ‘disagree’ or ‘don’t know’ when asked questions about wood highlights the positive associations that wood induces in people, where an overwhelming 96% of Australians agreed that wood is ‘visually appealing’ and ‘has a natural look and feel’.
The ability of wood to moderate humidity is a particularly important effect in workplaces. This is because productivity has been demonstrated to be reduced by an average of 12% in offices where staff are dissatisfied with the quality of the air.
This effect occurs due to wood absorbing and releasing moisture in order to maintain equilibrium with the surrounding air, known as the equilibrium moisture content. Wood therefore absorbs moisture from the air in humid conditions and releases moisture in dry conditions.
Wood products within a room improve indoor air quality by moderating humidity. On the air: wood products within a room have been shown to improve indoor air quality by moderating humidity.
This result occurred despite one in two people saying they were completely unaware that wood had associated health benefits. The images were taken from a study by David Fell (2010), which showed Canadians have similar innate attitudes towards wood.
From one furnished with a wooden chair, desk, blinds and other items made from wood, while the other showed the same items made from plastic, two out of every three people said they preferred the wooden room.
For Holz100, even with CLT prefab homes, you can achieve a very visual appeal and natural look for your home. Australians appear to be innately drawn towards wood. When Planet Ark presented survey participants with images of two rooms, most voted for the wooden space.
Shortening hospital stays through reduced recovery times will also reduce costs to the medical system, whilst improved first impressions of organisations will attract business to the Australian market.
This is because studies have shown that social interactions that lead to opportunities for self-expression in old people reduces the risk of dementia, a disease that currently costs Australia over $5 billion every year and affects 44 million people worldwide.
The positive psychological outcomes of people interacting with wooden products could have significant economic impacts.
Offices with wooden interiors also conveyed feelings of innovation, energy and comfort, whilst offices without wood conveyed feelings of being impersonal and uncomfortable.
The presence of wood products within a corporate environment drastically influenced first impressions, with study subjects significantly more likely to want to work for organisations that featured wooden furnishings.
Five of the interiors featured wood significantly, whilst the other five featured no wood at all. Participants were asked to ‘identify the organisation you would most like to work for and least like to work for’, followed by selecting three adjectives from a list of 24 to indicate their first impressions of each organisation.
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