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!

News Items- New site design, Greenhouses, Trip to Germany.

Posted May 17th, 2009 by Alan Stein and filed in Insights
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New Website Design:
You may have noticed the new look of our website recently. In response to feedback from viewers, we expanded the width of the pages to make them more legible and better displayed on the wider computer monitors that are much more prevalent these days.

I’m reminded of our very first website which was put up way back in 1997. A friend of ours put it together over a weekend- it was only about 3 pages! At that time there was a 26 character limit to all the URL’s so we couldn’t even use our full name, Tanglewood Conservatories.

Since then we’ve had four major complete redesigns, and several major updates along the way.

If anyone has any feedback/ comments on the new design- or maybe something else we should consider adding or changing on the site, please let me know. We would like to make the site as relevant and easy to use as possible and would appreciate everyone’s comments.

Another trip to Germany:
Nancy and I have been invited to address members of the German association of Wintergarden manufacturers (Wintergarten-Fachverband) in Hamburg next month. Wintergardens are as we call them, conservatories, greenhouses, orangeries etc.

The chairman of the association noted in an email to us that he found our website by pure chance on a Sunday morning and was very impressed.

After some consideration, we decided to accept his offer as we would like the opportunity to meet with some of our industry counterparts in Germany.

There are many subjects that I feel we can share with others – not only about our custom conservatory design and building but about some unique aspects of our company – which soon I will also begin to talk about here.

When I was in Germany last year looking at machinery suppliers and woodworking facilities, I was impressed by many aspects of the German approach to manufacturing and business and I’m happy to have the opportunity to return.

I will post entries throughout my visit there, as I did before, to chronicle our trip’s highlights.

Renewed interest in Greenhouses:
Along with the new sense of the importance of everything being Green, comes a renewed interest in greenhouses.

We’ve seen a surge of interest in our greenhouses including clients who are actually interested in growing their own food! This would obviously not be subsistence growing, but the idea of producing one’s own food rather than purchasing it from afar off has a definite attraction.

I’ve been much more attuned to where things come from when I shop these days and I’m a bit dismayed when I see that for example, often the apples come all the way from New Zealand. They usually taste like it as well.

The zucchini that I get at our local supermarket, and I try to buy organic as much as possible, comes from someplace in the US but the package does not say where.

Last summer some of the folks at Tanglewood who have gardens, brought in zucchinis which compared to the supermarket ones were from another planet. The fresh local ones were so delicious I could have almost eaten them with nothing else and had a great meal.

I can hardly ever bring myself to buy the store bought ones anymore and I’m thinking of building a custom greenhouse so I can enjoy great produce all year round – though this might be just an excuse to design and build another one of our great conservatories.

All the best, Alan