SILENT ARCHITECTURE: HEALING IN AN INTER-GENERATIONAL LIVING ENVIRONMENT
“The most powerful of healing places is in the brain and in the mind” (Sternberg, 2009). Studies have shown that the mind and its functions are directly affected by the environment. Certain environmental stimuli, such as light and sound, affect the hormone levels in the brain. These chemicals drive reactions and can either help or hinder healing (Linaraki, 2012). Healing can be defined as an internal process of transformation. Silent architecture may be a way to promote this process toward well-being. As defined by Day, silent architecture is balanced, simple, and timeless. It evokes a sense of calm and peacefulness in those who experience it (Day, 1995). These perceptions can be especially important to older generations. In an intergenerational living environment, the difference of ages is emphasized, and stress over changes that come with age can become prevalent (Moschis, 2007). Design that takes these issues into consideration should share qualities with the idea of silent architecture. Scale, proportion, “living lines”, unity of colors and materials are strategies that can positively impact psychological well-being (Day, 1995). It is suggested that the design of space can encourage a healing or calming effect in its inhabitants. This project will explore how Day’s principles of silent architecture can inspire healing and well-being in an intergenerational living environment.