CLADmag issue4 2018

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Anna Bjurstam

The entire way of living is changing in Asia, and the need for communities is on the rise

that create our home environments – real estate investors, urban planners/designers, architects, transportation planners, the construction industry – play a massive role in human health. And they need to partner to meet the desperate need – and fast-rising demand – for healthier homes and communities.” The GWI has defined wellness real estate as “homes or buildings proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of their residents,” and has tracked more than 600 projects across the globe, many of which are still in development. Its research has shown that homes in these wellness communities are commanding higher price premiums of between 10 and 25 per cent. “Our homes and communities have had a massive, increasingly negative impact on our wellbeing, as they were designed following templates set up decades ago to meet the health and lifestyle needs of a radically different era,” says Johnston. “But now we’re at the beginning of a new movement in home and community design that tackles our uniquely modern problems: sedentary lives, unhealthy diets, stress, social isolation and loneliness, pollution, nature-deprivation, etc – and

it’s creating powerful opportunities.” The GWI report estimates the market value of wellness communities in Asia at US$47bn, with a growth rate of 7.3 per cent from 2015-2017, and 293 projects in the pipeline. Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand – countries with a strong wellness tourism sector – are growing, in particular in wellness real estate built as part of a wellness resort. But it is China, in particular, the report notes, which is poised for robust future growth, driven by a growing middle class along with rising concerns about urban pollution and sprawl. Anna Bjurstam, vice president of spas and wellness for Six Senses Resorts Hotels Spas, says she’s seen a shift in Asia, with more single women, and more women marrying later and having fewer children – which has big implications for the way in which people live. “This means that the three generations living together is changing,” she explains. “The entire way of living is changing in Asia, and the need for communities is quickly on the rise – multi-generational living where people can live close to each other, yet not together.”

four core elements to create

The Forestias

happiness: ‘50 Shades of

Nature’ – happiness from living

Bangkok, Thailand

amid nature; ‘Connecting 4


Generations’ – happiness from


being with family members

Foster + Partners


across four generations;

‘Community of Dreams’ –

happiness from space and

he Forestias is a THB90bn

facilities that allow people to

(US$2.8bn), 119-acre

connect and interact with each

green development in

other; and ‘Sustainnovation

Bangkok being developed by

for Wellbeing’ – technology

Magnolia Quality Development

and innovation that drive

Corporation Limited (MQDC). The project is a mixed-use,

multi-generational lifestyle

The project focuses on the impact of nature on wellbeing

project that will also incorporate

extensive natural ecosystem.

membership club in Asia; and

to open in 2022, it will include

provided consultancy on the

of Public Health will conduct

buildings, office buildings, a

The Forestias; Six Senses

a large forest ecosystem. Set residential housing, retail

health centre, innovation centre, forest pavilion, community

space, learning centre and an


Foster + Partners have

architectural masterplan for will provide hospitality and

residential management, as

well as the hotel group’s first

sustainability and promote health and wellbeing.

Six Senses will create wellness

the Harvard T.H. Chan School

facilities for various types of

scientific research and data

community wellness services,

collection on the impact of the

project’s landscape and design features on human health.

The Forestias is based on

housing, as well as various

and will customise residential

units with healthy options like sleep design and advice, and

micro-gardens in the kitchens.

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