17 Mar 2022

Ahead of the curve

Architects are seeing a growing trend for curved surfaces that boost wellbeing and help improve people’s moods. New technologies and techniques are making it easier to create the free-flowing structures from materials such as wood, concrete and glass, according to architecture website ArchDaily.

It linked the trend to the long months of lockdown and highlighted a study which showed people were more like to think a space was beautiful it had curves rather than straight lines. The report said: “The pandemic has shed light on designs that are not only functional but also that improve our mood and wellbeing.”

Another study in 2016 found that people were more likely to feel better in rooms with more rounded edges. Some researchers have claimed that our brains are hard-wired to prefer curves because we associate them with less of a threat than sharp angles.

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