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The Art of Designing Awe
February 25, 2023
By Blue Heron

The Art of Designing Awe

To experience awe is to be in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world, to be wonderstruck, and to feel spellbound. 

Moments of awe may be big or small, universal or intimate. From observing the throngs of wildebeests and zebras in the wildlife preserve of Maasai Mara, Kenya, one of the world’s most enchanting ecosystems, to feeling the first fluttering movement of your baby during pregnancy.

In his new book “Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How it Can Transform Your Life,” Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, explains that while awe may be vast, it is also simpler than we think. Experiencing awe can give rise to dramatic, life-changing events or be simple moments of everyday life.

Dr. Keltner’s research explores awe’s critical health benefits to our well-being – it slows our heart rate, deepens breathing, and releases oxytocin, promoting trust, empathy, and positive communication. As with awe, it has long been known that being in nature drops our cortisol levels, reduces anxiety, and improves our mood.

For nearly 20 years, Blue Heron has been renowned as the designer of awe-inspiring Homes. Recognizing we are viscerally wired to connect with our natural world, Blue Heron sought to create the future of Home. Awe-inspiring Homes that increase daily productivity and psychological well-being through innovative architecture, technology, and biophilic design.

Biophilia is the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings. Biophilia in architecture and interior design emphasizes the connection between a built space and nature. Renowned for paying homage to the natural environment, Blue Heron carefully considers our affinity for modern design, seamless technology, mindfulness, a deeper connection to loved ones, and the natural landscape.

Blue Heron’s spacious, open floor plans, serene color palettes, and expansive pocket walls of glass erase the separation between the interior and exterior, maximizing our exposure to nature and expanding our living and entertaining spaces. Occupant connectivity is further enhanced through biophilic design elements characteristic of the desert landscape. Natural materials, forms and textures, light and space, and indigenous landscaping stimulate the senses and restore mindfulness.

Blue Heron continues to push the boundaries of design as more people seek and require beauty, functionality, and tranquility from their Homes. Just as each client is unique, so is each Home created by Blue Heron. Blue Heron Homes truly change lives and transcend time in vast and tiny ways by flawlessly blending wellness with architecture, interior design, and natural landscaping.

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