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The Human Wellness Wheel

The Human Wellness Wheel served as the foundational inspiration as the spaces were developed. The wheel centers on Intellectual, Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Financial, Social, Environmental, and Occupational Health. Specific human health initiatives were translated to wellness- driven design strategies, resulting in the development of the following program goals. Drift is a Wellness Retreat Center in Denver Colorado, that works to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. Drift offers a variety of holistic services that will help people feel like the best version of themselves. From aromatherapy that uses mountain scents of Sage, Ponderosa Pine, and Blue
Spruce to mineral baths that are influenced by Colorado's Seven Falls, anyone who walks through will feel like they are one with nature. While in Downtown Denver Drift is the place to escape the noises and fast pace of the city. Like the Colorado River, Spa-goers can swiftly flow between the sauna, bathhouse, and treatment center. After a day of relaxation users can also freshen up with a new haircut or manicure at the salon and grab a quick bite at the cafe. This Wellness Center takes an alternative approach to medicine and instead provides holistic treatments that will help people emotionally and physically heal. Everyone who comes through Drift’s doors will leave feeling, refreshed, renewed, and relaxed. A key goal was to create an environment that fosters creativity and new user experiences. In spaces like the therapy color lounge, nutrition teaching kitchen, or perfumery classroom, users have the chance to try something new and challenge themselves intellectually. Engaging and connecting wellness center clients to encourage social support was also promoted by group lounges and waiting areas. In places like the Therapy and Nutrition Center, the waiting areas are set back from main halls for privacy but group seating allows patients to possibly connect and build support systems.
Another design desire was to promote authenticity and spaces where people can be themselves. This Wellness Center tackles this by using color psychology and furniture positioning. Blues, greens, and earth tones comprise of the main color palette. These colors have proven to help relax and calm people. It also provides a more refreshing and biophilic design approach that gets users to connect back to their roots and open up.

Furniture orientation in the healthcare orientated spaces are organized to optimize patients feeling of safety and security. In the Therapy Center, chairs are orientated to face the doors as
patients feel more comfortable when they have a visible escape route. In the Nutrition Center, round table seating is used to create a more collaborate environment so patients feel like their working with their doctors instead of a more formal approach.


Art + Design



Interior Design [BS]


Linkdin: Megan Gunderson


Megan Gunderson

Hello, I am a dual degree student, and soon to be graduate of LTU’s Architecture and Interior Architecture program. After graduation I will be taking the first part of the NCIDQ exam to become licensed. I will also be staying in Michigan and pursuing work in commercial design.

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