Glass is becoming an increasingly prominent part of the interior design of new and refurbishment projects, not just in big office blocks or hotels, but in hospitals too. Architects aim to bring as many natural environmental factors into the building as possible, maximising daylight as well as local scenery and views.
Research by The Center for Healthcare Design and other organisations finds that natural daylighting and outdoor views benefit healthcare settings in a number of ways, including:
- reducing patient depression,
- easing pain,
- decreasing length of hospital stays,
- reducing medications,
- improving sleep,
- lessening agitation in dementia patients, and improving the well-being of staff in the work environment.
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