As life grows even busier, we’re becoming more and more aware of, and focused on, our overall wellbeing.
As life grows even busier, we’re becoming more and more aware of, and focused on, our overall wellbeing. From yoga to mindfulness, fresh morning smoothies to clean eating diets, we seek all kinds of ways to ensure our minds and bodies are healthy. And now, thanks to savvy developers, you can live in a home with targeted wellness facilities.
But first, what does ‘wellness’ mean? The term can be divided into seven sections: financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. Developers are now investing more time and money in communal amenities within new projects which fall under these categories of wellness.
Chris McCue, Director of Architecture at Carr Design (the architects responsible for bringing Melbourne Square to life) says the need for wellness facilities is vital. Development teams have an onus to provide spaces, he explains, which will respond to the wellbeing of each resident.
Image: Yarra One communal dining room
EcoWorld International felt the need to provide additional spaces in its premier project. Yarra One features car-sharing facilities which target financial wellbeing by saving you the cost of owning and maintaining your own car — as well as concierge services which decrease stress (thereby enhancing emotional wellbeing).
Many developers are taking the usual residential amenities we have come to know and love that little bit further. Where once upon a time, gyms used to be tucked away and hidden, they now sit pride of place in many apartment developments. With enhanced views, better equipment and regular maintenance, these spaces are too luxurious to avoid — meaning residents are enticed to work out.
Image: FOCUS Melbourne gym
With architect-designed residential lounges, libraries, dining halls and kitchens, rooftop gardens with barbecue facilities, there’s plenty of opportunities for neighbours to connect with one another (social wellbeing).
Occupational wellbeing is encouraged through the incorporation of well-maintained co-working spaces. These areas are usually architecturally designed to provide beautiful spaces for residents to work with. By providing ample charge points, free WiFi, meeting rooms and recreational areas for breaks from work, developers can ensure people feel productive at work — which leads to emotional satisfaction.
Meanwhile, mixed-use precincts are introducing ‘eat streets’. Filled with multicultural, healthy restaurants and eateries, these ensure residents can pick up wholesome takeaway with ease, or dine out with friends and family without straying far from the front door.
When added together, all of these features can make a huge difference to your personal wellbeing — and who doesn’t want that?
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