Thinking About Spaces that Bring Happiness

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HOLT Architects has been intentionally creating spaces that evoke joy and support a sense of well-being for decades. Certain design elements – such as natural daylight, nature themes, rhythm, color, and the correct lighting – are proven to help promote happiness, increase energy, calm people, and even help the sick heal faster.

NATURAL DAYLIGHT is infused into so many of our projects & is known for helping to reduce stress, boost happiness & promote healthiness.

CMC’s Cayuga Birthplace

CFCU’s Innovation Center on the Ithaca Commons


CONNECTIONS TO NATURE or biophilic design helps to reduce stress and boost happiness.

Samaritan Medical Center, Women & Children’s Center

CMC Behavioral Health

COLORS: The color orange promotes optimism, inner-strength and creativity.

Cornell University, Uris Library Study Area

Onondaga Community College, Innovative Classroom


(This even works with your home office) — Color & creative artwork are helping inspire Cindy Kaufman as she works from her home office.


The ability design a space that creates excitement, provides an environment that heals, and offers comfort to those who need it is core to who we are at HOLT. Now more than ever we need to listen to our communities and design to support our greatest human-centered needs.

Thank you for visiting our blog! If you want to learn more about evidence-based design email us (or even take a look back at Kelly & Sarah’s 2018 blog post)