The hygge way of living is gaining attention around the world as designers and architects look for ways to foster wellness in buildings. Ultimately, this helps us to look more inward at human culture and see what makes us feel at home.
A recent visit to the Royal Danish Embassy, as part of the London Festival of Architecture, saw us not only attending due to the promise of home-made meat bread rolls and Danish beer for lunch, but also attended a talk about The Liveable City, Hygge and Architecture. The talk was given by Marie Hesseldahl Larsen, Partner at 3XN Architects.
Marie started off by translating ‘hygge’ into English, pronounced hoo-gah, which means wellbeing and creating a happier life in general. This then led to the focus throughout being on the human element in architecture. She spoke about how the philosophy of hygge can be incorporated into the design and architecture of buildings as an important part of creating a more liveable atmosphere. Consequently, she talked about the methods used by her company in fostering wellness in buildings such as by using tactile materials, strategically creating cosy & engaging little spaces within large educational institutions. A few examples can be seen below of hygge and architecture in Denmark.
Superkilen is an urban park in the culturally diverse Norrrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a unifying space which incorporates everyday objects from more than 60 different cultures.
Sluseholmen: Arkitema Architects
There are eight housing islands here in Sluseholem, with large and small town houses standing side by side, which form continuous blocks.
The results really do speak for themselves with the Danes, nominated year after year as being the most content nation. We therefore felt very much amongst a hyggelig atmosphere throughout our time at the Embassy.
The Blue Planet is the largest aquarium in Europe and contains a total of 53 aquariums and displays
Whilst waiting to face this new wave of design, you may just want to throw yourself fully into it all by creating your own hygge at home, by adding candles and an open fire, sheepskin rug, creating a cosy nook to retreat, invite family and friends over more, and ultimately, just keep things simple and uncluttered!