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The Sangha Retreat was built on the shores of Yangcheng Lake in China’s Jiangsu Province

A sense of balance

Combining Chinese and Western approaches to wellbeing, Octave Living aims to support a healthier, saner lifestyle, and balance profit with giving back. Christopher DeWolf finds out about the team behind the brand
Calvin Tsao and his brother Frederick are American, but they were both drawn to China from an early age. “Even though we’re immigrants, our parents had us steeped in Chinese
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Mia Kyricos is senior vice president and global head of wellbeing for Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Mia Kyricos

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has committed to developing wellbeing initiatives for both guests and the people it employs. Its global head of wellbeing explains why Well Home matters
As someone who’s worked in wellness for the last two decades, I can’t help but think that we’re living in amazing times. Wellness is no longer a fad which is
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A central island acts as a food preparation area for multiple people

The kitchen reimagined

Architect Veronica Schreibeis Smith has designed the kitchen of the future, by prioritising the health of herself and her family
As a busy mom and founding principal of a boutique architecture firm, I found myself without time or energy to feed myself, let alone nourish myself and my family with
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The house was built on the site of an old garage in a residential area of west London

Playful living

With seven children, architect Alex Michaelis and his partner knew they wanted their home to be as playful as possible. A slide, swimming pool, cinema room and firefighter’s pole help to keep the family active, connected and happy, as he explains
Has living in the house changed your lives in terms of the family’s wellbeing? The house is incredibly calm and I think a lot of that has to do with
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Floor to ceiling windows let in natural light and offer views of the vegetation. The pool provides a sense of coolness

The high life

It’s time to rethink the way we’re living in response to climate change, says architect Rene Gonzalez. Built on stilts to withstand sea level rises, this Miami home turns its elevated position into an asset, with bags of natural light, living trees growing throughout and a raised outdoor lap pool
Architect Rene Gonzalez tells us what makes Prairie Avenue Residence special What are the stand-out wellness features of this home? The Prairie Avenue Residence’s primary wellness feature is its harmonious
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The slanted wall of the main building allows 150 mile-an-hour winds to glide over it

Resilient design

Designer Adria Lake delves into her personal experiences of building a new home and company headquarters to explain her thinking on how resilient design can help us assimilate disruptions, unpredictability, and instability into our lives… and thrive
We spend most of our time in built environments. Our homes, places of work, public spaces – even parks and outdoor spaces we retreat or escape to – are designed
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Elmsbrook Healthy New Town in Bicester, Oxfordshire has extensive wellness 
offerings and is also a UK government Eco Town, promoting sustainability

Prescribing wellbeing

We know the places we live affect how healthily we live, but never before have they been prescribed quite like this. Stu Robarts walks the streets of the Healthy New Towns initiative to find out more about its prognosis
It’s perhaps unsurprising that the National Health Service (NHS), the UK Government’s health and medical agency, has never got involved with building a town before. Coughs and colds have naturally
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The spa has silent spaces for rest and contemplation.


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From Deliciously Ella with love

Food writer, blogger and vegan restaurant entrepreneur Ella Mills – better known as Deliciously Ella – has earned a world-class reputation for her plant-based cooking. As her latest cookery book is published, she shares some of her new recipes with Well Home
About The Plant Based Cookbook In addition to over 100 plant-based recipes, readers are treated to a personal insight into Ella’s journey – how she grew her blog, which she
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All illustrations were hand drawn by Ben

Ben Channon

Ben Channon
Mental health issues can affect anyone and the mental wellbeing implications of design were mostly being ignored within architecture, says Ben Channon
Tell us about yourself First and foremost, I’m an associate and mental wellbeing ambassador at Assael Architecture, where I’ve worked for six years. Alongside my day job, I’m also a
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Architect Robert Henry

Dedicated to health

Architect Robert Henry has created a healthy home to support the wellness of the Kutsak family in Rumson New Jersey. He talks us through the project
Michael and Michelle Kutsak approached us with the goal of creating a healthy home for them and their three children. As the founder of a successful sleep health company, which
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The family spend a good amount of time outdoors enjoying the wild natural environment and fresh air

Solar system

Most people scour real estate websites in search of the perfect property, but Jennifer Beningfield has designed and built her own piece of paradise. She talks to Well Home editor, Liz Terry
Juggling a busy global architectural practice in London with family life, South African Jennifer Beningfield finds balance on regular trips to her holiday home in the Great Karoo desert –
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Cacao House at the Green Village, Bali.

Ibuku - John & Elora Hardy

The creator of the Green Village in Bali and his daughter tell Magali Robathan how their bamboo, nature-inspired homes are changing the way we view the places we live
Father and daughter bamboo builders Elora and John Hardy believe feeling happy and healthy in your home boils down to just one thing: being as close to nature as possible.
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Serenbe offers a varied fitness programme that includes group yoga. A growing body of research suggests that exercising outdoors is better for you than working out indoors

Living the dream

We catch up with Eliza Bacot, nutritionist, wellness coach and founder of The Organic South, who lives at Serenbe with her husband Benton and their two children, William and Emmeline
When did your interest in health and wellness start? My passion for wellness really started as a child, when I became fascinated with the inner-workings of the human body and
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A trust has been established to ensure that arts and sustainability are a protected part of the Serenbe culture

A modern day utopia

The community of Serenbe, just outside Atlanta, is home to around 700 people who have chosen to put wellbeing at the centre of their lives. Jane Kitchen visits to find out more
As the plane descends into Atlanta, the city stretches out beneath me in ripples of modern-day sprawl – highways clogged with cars inching along at a snail’s pace, taking their
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Delos has installed Darwin in a new luxury residence, 371 Summitridge Drive in Beverly Hills

Darwin home wellness system

Home automation can now improve your family’s health, with the launch of technology which controls environments
Living a well life depends on getting the fundamentals in place, such as clean air and water and healthy sleep. In response to this need, wellness innovator Delos has launched
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Euphoria Retreat

Experience the euphoria retreat

in association with Wellbeing Escapes
Euphoria Retreat is, in our opinion, the most exciting new destination spa of 2018. It’s one of those ‘wow’ destinations that you will fall in love with. It’s been 10
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McLennan used as much local and salvaged material as possible during the construction of Heron Hall. The structure is made primarily from rammed earth and local timber

A love of nature

As a leading figure in the green building movement, Jason McLennan was determined to create the most sustainable home possible. He tells Tom Walker about the unexpected wellness benefits of his nature-inspired home
Designer Jason McLennan is considered one of the most influential people in the green building movement. He’s the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge – one of the
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Adria Lake was diagnosed with early-onset MS and turned to the philosophy of resilience to heal
"We’re not built for constant comfort. When we live in spaces that connect us to our surroundings, we feel better, stronger and happier – and that is the very definition of being well"

Early-onset MS inspired Adria Lake to explore resilience as both a healing modality and an approach to design in the creation of her new home and company headquarters in Colorado

A trust has been established to ensure that arts and sustainability are a protected part of the Serenbe culture
"Residents share stories with me of how Serenbe has changed their lives for the better and they are healthier and happier - Steve Nygren"

The original wellness community at Serenbe is expanding, with a new hamlet dedicated to health. Jane Kitchen paid a visit

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Six Senses Fiji is a luxury resort which is off the grid
The heart of the home is the Brahmastan, which can be used in a variety of ways
"Vastu can be dated back to at least the 6th century and is deeply rooted in the physical and spiritual fabric of Hindu society"

Chris Godfrey of global architecture practice Hirsch Bedner, on bringing a spiritual dimension to residential architecture in India

A playroom/family room in the loft overlooks 
the living area. The room features reclaimed items including two stained glass windows
"If you look closely at the walls, they almost look like layers of the Grand Canyon. When you use rammed earth, you get wavy lines where the material has been compacted"

Well building guru Jason McLennan opens his home and shares his thoughts about environmental design with Well Home

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"Come to Euphoria Retreat if you’re looking for a full health-boost, you’ll leave feeling completely rejuvenated"

Wellbeing Escapes and Well Home have partnered to bring you this special offer for the Euphoria Retreat in Greece

Mia Kyricos is senior vice president and global head of wellbeing for Hyatt Hotels Corporation
"We’re now smart enough to know that it’s the environments we choose to surround ourselves with that impact our health and wellness"

Home wellness is the future, says Hyatt’s global head of wellbeing

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Carlo Ratti's 'wonder wall' robot could become reality with kickstarter campaign
Unveiled at Milan Design Week, as part of Ratti's Living Nature installation, the Scribit is the result of Ratti's ongoing investigation into and development of writing machines
Lauren Heath-Jones
Carlo Ratti Associatti has developed an intelligent robot capable of writing and drawing on vertical surfaces. Called Scribit, the device ...
Tredje Natur launches Climate Tile to bring green spaces to urban settings
Tredje Natur has installed the pilot system of its Climate Tile system in the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen
Lauren Heath-Jones
Danish company Tredje Natur (Third Nature) has recently installed the pilot system of its innovative street paving system in the ...
Designworks launches new glow-in-the-dark tile collection
The tiles contain light-absorbing luminous pigments so they glow-in-the-dark
Lauren Heath-Jones
High-end tile supplier Designworks has created a range of illuminous mosaic tiles for commercial use. Designed to bring light into ...
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Zaha Hadid Design partners with Royal Thai to create carpet collection celebrating Zaha Hadid's legacy
The carpets capture Hadid's notable use of layering and interweaving as well as her use of light and shadow
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with carpet manufacturer Royal Thai to create a new carpet collection inspired by the work ...
EAS PREVIEW: Bright Buildings to exhibit BrightOpen designs
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At this year’s Euro Attractions Show (EAS), design and architecture firm Bright Buildings will be exhibiting its range of BrightOpen ...
Dornbracht launches 'next generation' experience shower
Rainmoon is an innovative sensory shower experience designed for use in the home
Dornbracht is taking experience showers to the next level with its multi-sensory Rainmoon concept. “Rainmoon is a culmination of bliss ...
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Bartok Design installs 'transformative' soaking tubs in SpaFusion at Pallazzo Varignana
Bartok Design creates traditional Japanese soaking tubs
Lauren Heath-Jones
Bartok Design, a Japan-based supplier of Ofuro (Japanese bathtubs), has completed a major installation at the newly opened SpaFusion at ...
Artemide excites with latest lighting collection
Designer Alejandro Aravena created O to 'reconcile the needs of the natural and the urban environment'
Lauren Heath-Jones
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Herzog and de Meuron, Neri & Hu, MAD Architects and Elemental, the firm of Pritzker winner ...
Aotta launches sound panels made from hemp husks
The panels are designed to maintain 'healthy spaces' and consist of Hemp husks fashioned into a natural porous membrane that absorbs sound
Lauren Heath-Jones
Russian design studio Aotta has developed a range of eco-friendly, sound-absorbing panels made from the waste products of hemp seeds. ...