Health by Design: A Profession Promoting Health and Healing

Posted August 22nd, 2019 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, Get Inspired, latest
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Do you remember when homes, schools, offices, and even hospitals and wellness centers were designed to minimize the “distractions” of the outside world?

As we further understand the health benefits access to the natural world have on our well-being, architects and designers have embraced the inclusion of nature as an essential element in their designs.

“Roger Ulrich’s research documenting the healing power of nature in the clinical context of a hospital was a watershed moment for the design industry.”

Architects and designers create spaces that transform the atmosphere of a room; the blend of building and nature promote health and healing; they make us feel happy, safe, and motivated. Increased exposure to the natural world provides vitamin C, increases energy, improves our mood, and has even shown to increase productivity. In a later study, Biophilic design: Strategies to generate wellness and productivity, Edward Clark, LEED AP BD+C and Christopher Flint Chatto, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C examines these concepts in further detail.

The application of these concepts in architecture has steadily grown over the last decade. Families around the world are taking their connection to the next level through the use of conservatories, greenhouses and even pool enclosures so they can be connected year-round!

Take a look at what families around the world have done!

The Art of Design

Posted January 9th, 2015 by Bonnie Hall and filed in Conservatory Projects, General, Insights, latest
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Remember career day back in high school?  Guidance counselors and local business people all gathered in the auditorium talking about career choices and pathways.  Then there was always that one counselor that was the dreamer and spoke of finding your passion and everything else would fall into place.  Back then it all sounded so nebulous – how can a teenager know their life’s passion?

With that high school day forgotten many decades in the past and fast forward to working at TWC for several months now, I have had heard numerous times that it is the design element that Tanglewood brings to a project that sets us apart from others in our arena.  It is easy to prattle off the obvious reasons:

  • TWC has a full suite of architects, engineers and designers
  • We pride ourselves on our collaborative nature and working well with the homeowners’ team of architects and designers
  • We bring a historical perspective based on Tanglewood’s extensive travels, books and lectures series

Wanting to get a more in-depth understanding – I asked Alan his thoughts.  His response quickly brought me back to high school…

’We are architects and artists, not accountants and lawyers.
We create art and that just happens to fuel our business.
We do not compromise or concede to any business strategy that stifles our artistry.
Making money is a byproduct of our passion, the actual building process is the business that supports our artistic endeavors.’

Designing conservatories and greenhouses isn’t just the starting point of the process to get to a completed structure.  It is an artist creating a work of art that ultimately will become part of someone’s art collection.   Designing conservatories is the passion that ignites Tanglewood and it is that passion that then builds these stunning structures.  As Alan states, ‘If we were to just design a building, there is no art, no passion.’   Tanglewood is in business to create art.   Our conception was the result of stumbling upon a passion:  historic conservatories & creative design.   Many marketing manuals have been written extolling the practice of determining your value proposition.   At Tanglewood, it is simple.  We create art – that takes the form of conservatories.  That is our passion.

Turns out your guidance counselors were right on career day – find your passion, make it your job and the ‘business’ of it will follow.

Tanglewood Hand Drawing and finished project