This healthy home is located in the Hotel des Artistes on 67th Street in Manhattan, just steps away from Central Park West.
My wife Nancy and I are both Architects and we are constantly designing wellness into our own homes. It has since become our ‘signature style’ featuring:
- ● abundant natural light,
- ● natural ventilation,
- ● HEPA air filtration,
- ● acoustic mitigation,
- ● spa bedroom suite, and
- ● biophilia integration.
Historically, many architects have experimented on their own homes, pushing boundaries, or testing new ideas that set the stage for their career. 20 years ago, my wife Nancy and I set out to design our loft accommodating our newborn son Bo. The 800sf space located within the Hotel des Artistes on Central Park West is where we incorporated the maximum natural daylight and ventilation possible. We added biophilia, designed dual-use spaces, and incorporated a home office, thereby integrating early “wellness practices.” This toolbox of healthy-home criteria soon developed into our signature design style.
Dr. Eunice Park – a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is soon to open her flagship aesthetic center — AIREM Modern Beauty Rituals in Syosset, NY offering comprehensive beauty and wellness services from medical-grade facials to injectables and plastic surgery. A special group treatment room called The Retreat will incorporate tea rituals with beauty treatments and can serve as an intimate gathering place to celebrate special occasions from a beauty bar and bridal events, even a master tea ritual.
READY SET STOP!
No sooner had we started construction when the COVID lockdown hit, prompting the question: how can we re-design for a hyper-hygienic environment while preserving our initial intent for a “warm-cozy guest experience?”
In this age of pandemic, emotions run high — worry, fear, anger, confusion, sadness, despair and depression. It is no wonder that we are all losing sleep, and yet, sleep is critical to our mental and physical health. It is during sleep, when our bodies recharge themselves and repair our crucial immune systems.
In the best of times, 1 in 4 adults have sleep issues. During the covid-crisis, that all-important sleep may be in even shorter supply. Below are some of my tips for preparing and getting a better night’s sleep, derived from 20 years of pioneering “wellness design.”
Preparing for a Good Night’s Sleep (sleep hygiene)
- — Take a relaxing shower or a soothing bath with epsom salts and add a few drops of lavender or chamomile, dial-up the ambiance w/ candlelight
- — Download a “white noise” App. or consider a machine that masks disturbing sirens and outside noise pollution from amazon, maybe consider a “HEPA” air purifier machine that not only cleanses the air, improving air quality while providing the desired “white noise” especially relevant in Urban environments / healthmate by Austin Air manf. provides a good size for your bedroom.
- — Read a soothing book vs electronic media
- — Choose relaxing reading content, no chilling news or financial reports
- — If you are someone, who checks their phone before bed, set your phone to “night-shift” for dusk, changing from that blue screen light (that triggers alertness), to the warmer – amber tone, which reinforces your circadian rhythms
- — Meditate or practice calm/conscious breathing exercises just before going to sleep
The Bedroom – design considerations
- — Lower the temperature of your bedroom 3-degrees below your comfortable house temperature, requiring you to sleep with a blanket during both the summer and winter – (like how a bear hibernates – provides a deeper sleep)
- — Your bedroom lighting should reinforce your natural circadian cycle, warm incandescent lighting with its amber coloration (think- setting sun), helps calm you in the evening, producing melatonin
- — Insure complete black-out within your bedroom
- — Consider motorized shades, ideally programmed to open and close with the sun
- — Choose soothing natural fabrics and sheets with a high thread count
- — Select a warm soothing color palette with light neutral bedding and furniture that creates a cocooning environment. I prefer a warm taupe and/or mocha-chocolate wall color.
Sleep WELL…for your personal sustainability…sweet dreams
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