Psychosomatic impact of indoor spaces on inhabitants: Factors affecting physical and mental health of senior citizens in the residential buildings


  • Balpreet Singh Madan
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Adaptive Space Planning, Pandemic; Public spaces; Residential Interiors, Senior citizens, Urban Environment


Our built environment and immediate surroundings influence our lifestyle and health significantly as we spend most of the time indoors, almost everyday. A balanced linkage between the aesthetically sound indoor space design and healthy living has already begun to gather momentum, especially in the post-pandemic scenario and considering the rise in senior population. Increasing awareness and realization of the impact of indoor spaces on our physical and mental health, has channelized our attention towards wellness-oriented interior designs for senior citizens. However, such aspects are often overlooked in urbo-architectural styles that lay minimal emphasis on overall well-being of the inhabitants. This paper identifies the factors such as, color variations, presence of light, incorporation of Vastu Shastra and Feng-shui principles, provision of open and green spaces and few others; that need to be considered while designing indoor spaces for overall wellness. The methodology includes literature review and study of space planning, design features, material and finishes of the existing residential units. A survey within a community through a questionnaire and interaction with the residents highlights the factors that impact their physical health and mental state. These factors have been analyzed for their association with the overall comfort level of the residents through the ‘Pearson’s correlation’ and the most critical aspect(s) has been identified.

Author Biography

Balpreet Singh Madan






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