The Green Connection Pod – Tūranga Library
To enable and promote genuine human connection, the team designed The Green Connection Pod for Tūranga library in Christchurch (2019), a welcoming space for conversation, connection and contemplation. Enveloped by greenery, the Green Connection Pod is a place where people can relax and recharge. (See image to the left.)
In a world where much of our urban and office environments were designed to favour productivity over people or nature, it can be hard to find spaces where we feel relaxed, where genuine connection can occur, and where people can find a moment’s peace together.
A wealth of research shows that green environments have a fundamental positive impact on our mental and physical health; green spaces reduce depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, anger and fatigue, and increase cognitive function, memory, vigor, longevity, life satisfaction, self-esteem and hope.