Reconnecting with nature

In an increasingly urbanised world, home gardens have re-emerged as essential spaces for wellbeing and reconnecting with nature. These spaces not only beautify our homes, but also provide a personal retreat where we can relax, meditate and enjoy a natural environment without leaving the house. At OM28 Architects we have observed how residential gardens have evolved beyond simple external decorations.

Today, these spaces serve multiple functions: from recreational and leisure areas to organic food growing areas. This multifunctionality responds to a growing environmental awareness and the need for spaces that promote the mental and physical health of those living in the home. The trend towards sustainability has driven the incorporation of ecological technologies in garden design. Here at Antonio Olid’s team, we want to encourage the use of native plants, efficient irrigation systems and recyclable materials that help to reduce our impact on the environment and promote local biodiversity. The creation of vertical gardens and green roofs is also a means of maximising space in constrained urban areas and improving air quality, contributing to a healthier and more pleasant urban environment.

The benefits of home gardens go beyond aesthetics and functionality. Studies have shown that being surrounded by nature reduces stress, improves mood and enhances creativity. These green spaces can also encourage social interaction and provide an ideal environment for rest and reflection. The presence of green spaces in our homes can be a crucial factor in strengthening community relations, as they provide a common space where neighbours can interact and share experiences.

It is our experience that integrating these green spaces into residential projects is an effective way to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. We believe that these green spaces are a vital extension of the home, offering a necessary escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a place to reconnect with nature. In addition, a well-designed garden can increase the value of a property, making it a long-term investment that benefits both residents and the environment.

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