9 Soothing Homes Designed for Health and Wellness

9 Soothing Homes Designed for Health and Wellness

By Kathryn M.
These peaceful dwellings are a refuge for the body and mind.

The field of neuroaesthetics teaches us about our biological responses to beautiful design. The thoughtful homes below showcase how lighting, colors, textures, and shapes can coalesce to become bona fide sanctuaries. Whether it be a focus on outdoor connection, aging-in-place, or accessibility, these projects are designed to promote wellness in mind and body.

An Architect Riffs on Chinese Design For Her Grandparents’ Aging-in-Place Retreat

A remote-controlled kitchen island rises and lowers to accommodate wheelchairs.

Set within the East Asian community of Richmond, BC, Curio House allows two Chinese scholars—the architect’s grandparents—to age in place. "I have a very close relationship with them," says Haeccity Studio Architecture cofounder Shirley Shen, "and it was kind of a family endeavor." The resulting design integrates principles from feng shui, a set of spatial laws meant to direct energy, and siheyuan, a historical courtyard house.

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A Chic Georgia Abode Focuses on Nature and Wellness

White walls allow for the natural light to really illuminate the space while soft colors prevent the space from looking one-dimensional. The living room features a Minimalist Nordic hearth by Gault Designs

Located on the rural outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, Serenbe is a picturesque community comprising four hamlets that focus on arts, agriculture, health, and education. Designed to be a center for quiet living for creatives and their families, the newest development, Mado, wants to focus on bringing the outdoors in, but in a modern setting. This is exactly the vibe that Iowa– and Serenbe–based designer Rebecca Cartwright achieved with The Naturally House, a tree house-inspired haven.

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An Ethereal Glass House in the Brazilian Forest

Built for a scholar, Casa Biblioteca is a sanctuary for reading, stargazing, and enjoying a cigar or two. Floor-to-ceiling glass allows light to freely flood the interior and illuminate its jewel-like structure.

Designed as a cascading form along the sloping landscape, this glass home in a Brazilian forest has no interior partitions or walls. Traveling downward from the entrance reveals progressively larger spaces, ending in a 17-foot-high living and dining area.

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The Health-Conscious House That Put Richard Neutra on the Map

A precursor to the Kaufmann House, the 4,807-square-foot Lovell Health House was commissioned by physician and naturopath Dr. Philip Lovell. The family’s health-conscious lifestyle inspired the design of the home, which is replete with spacious outdoor porches and large windows that invite in the California sunshine. Before listing it for sale, the current owners gave tours so that the public could experience the architecturally significant design.

The health-conscious design is replete with spacious outdoor porches and large windows that invite in the California sunshine. Recently, the home was put on the market for the first time in nearly 60 years.

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This Self-Sufficient Australian Home Is a Living, Breathing Ecosystem

An underground cistern collects rainwater, which a pump system—powered by solar panels on the facade—carries up to an aquaponics pond on the second floor, where a school of edible silver perch swim. 

This Sydney home was designed to be an emblem for climate-conscious design. Aspiring to create a self-sustaining mini ecosystem, the architect-owner embraced clean and renewable energy with a facade of photovoltaic panels, a garden rooftop, and myriad green details. 

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Aside from the accessible design of the house overall, Langley and Boelyn have dedicated rooms that facilitate around-the-clock care.

When envisioning the perfect home for their family, Kiley and Jim agreed that accessibility was paramount—access to the outdoors, and access for their daughters, Langley and Boelyn, who have special needs and rely on their wheelchairs to get around. After purchasing a narrow lot in Downers Grove, Illinois, the couple reached out to Chicago-based firm Kuklinski + Rappe Architects to design a residence that would serve their daughters, their son Huck, and their own various needs. Crafted to adapt to the family's lifestyle over the years, the home will provide lifelong health and happiness.

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The John Lautner–Designed Wolff Residence Wraps Around Native Trees

Lautner designed the home around multiple native trees, allowing the space to feel firmly grounded in nature. The organic features contrast with carefully integrated uses of stone, glass, and copper.

Blending an intimate connection with nature and the surrounding landscape, the 1961 Wolff Residence sits on an almost vertical plot above Sunset Plaza and is arguably one of Lautner’s best midcentury designs.

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A Tropical Oasis in Miami

Located in the historic Miami neighborhood of Spring Garden, The Brillhart House sits in the middle of a lush, 325-foot-long lot. The home was once featured in the Netflix/BBC series, "The World's Most Extraordinary Homes."

Architects Melissa and Jacob Brillhart wanted a home that took advantage of a lush lot and minimized any impact on the landscape. Drawing on principles of tropical modernism and the dogtrot model, the couple designed and built a simple, practical structure that is rich in cultural meaning. "There is something to be said for living in a glass house totally surrounded by nature," says Melissa. "I can't put my finger on it, but it has an impact on how I feel. It just isn’t the same experience as living in a house with traditional punched openings."

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Snøhetta’s New Cabins in Oslo Offer Refuge For Long-Term Hospital Patients

Designed on behalf of the Friluftssykehuset Foundation, the Outdoor Care Retreat serves as a physical and physiological respite for patients and their families.

Just a short walk away from two of Norway’s largest hospitals in Oslo resides a tranquil forest featuring the trickling Sognsvann Creek. It’s in this lush oasis that Norwegian architectural and design firm Snøhetta has built the Outdoor Care Retreat, associated with the Friluftssykehuset Foundation. The project allows nature to provide a healing respite for patients who’ve been kept in isolation. For that purpose, the interiors have been left relatively bare, in stark contrast to the crowded, tall hospital buildings they’re associated with. 

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