For the past decade, there has been an earnest, research-based approach to better understand the connection between our environments, their planning and design, and the human within. With this, we also better define the true end-user and communities our buildings serve. Leading evidence-based research studies, compelling peer reports, post occupancy statistics, and unequivocal staff and end-user testimonials are deeply informing our designs, leading to measurable positive outcomes.
Interior elements in rehabilitation settings, including those in correctional facilities, are becoming more human centered, expressive and comfortable. Officials that oversee spaces with higher security and confinement needs – those literally made of hard concrete and steel – are now leveraging nature, color and softer furnishings in these intensive-use facilities. Regarding color, palettes are beginning to tie back to local nature and designers are applying hues with intent through the use of surface paints, flooring products, furnishings and even large mural artwork.