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Lendlease Global Headquarters, Baranga
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Article originally published in Grand Designs Australia by Donnay Torr, Issue 8.6 

Firepits, tranquillity pools and living, “breathing” walls… we retreat to our homes to find solace, seeking refuge from our busy lives in spaces customised to our wellness needs

As humans, we’re drowning in an abundance of material goods, much of it disposable. None of this excess seems to have made us happier, however. If anything, our long hours of optimised working and living have made us socially isolated, leading to loneliness and growing anxiety fed by economic uncertainty or climate crisis fears.

484 La Trobe Street

485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Not surprising, then, that we want to reconnect with the idea of living well.

According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution is the world’s single largest environmental health risk. Yet new research by Philips Air Care determined that 77 per cent of Australians don’t consider or prioritise their indoor air quality when cleaning, despite indoor air often being two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Investing in effective air filtration systems can thus play a crucial role in improving wellbeing.

Clear the air

Australian green wall and living infrastructure specialists Junglefy provides innovative biophilic design solutions for commercial and community spaces. Junglefy recently collaborated with Melbourne-based designer Adam Cornish to produce the Junglefy Breathing Wall — a unique, scalable, plant-based filter system that has been scientifically proven to actively clean polluted air both indoors and out.

“We need to make our communities and cities more resilient to the effects of climate change, and we’re tending to make our homes more energy-efficient,” explains Jock Gammon, co-founder and managing director of Junglefy. “But at the same time we’re seeing additional problems in terms of indoor pollutants, and that’s where there’s a renewed focused on health and wellbeing.”

Adam encourages homeowners not to be daunted by the idea of bringing nature into their homes. “The biophilic hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connection to nature,” he says. “Including living plants in your environment has been shown to improve people’s wellbeing… it’s a great cost-effective starting point.”

Jock agrees: “There’s a lot of research that’s shown that plants have a measurable benefit on people’s health and wellbeing. That’s why Junglefy is about social impact rather than just plants on buildings.”

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