Our Building

will be green & sustainable - it will work for us & the environment.


Tūmanako will be an exemplar model of sustainability in NZ.

Our building will:

be a carbon cautious development

have a living buildings philosophy (the most advanced and progressive available)

be self-sustainable with the ability to: 

generate power, heating, cooling and capture rainwater

and produce food from the living garden onsite

Running costs will be reduced to minimal levels so operational costs can be focused on staff and services 

It will have a highly efficient thermal envelope

And use Biophilic design principals where natural materials will provide warmth, comfort and protection to create an environment that harnesses the healing power of nature.

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Healing architecture is just that, healthy spaces made from natural materials, that consider needs, comfort, purpose, light, climate and nature - and their positive 'healing' effect on people.

But it is also about designing the spaces used by patients so that they are specifically fit-for-purpose as well as being nurturing, comforting and safe.

In-patient psychiatric wards must balance many needs: being a supportive, therapeutic and caring environment, preparing patients to return to the community, providing a place of safety from external hazards, and being a home where people live as well as work and visit. It is increasingly acknowledged that the physical environment of healthcare facilities has a considerable role to play in addressing such needs.

There is now a rapidly growing literature on the contribution of healthcare facility design to treatment outcomes. In some of that literature there is an attempt to establish a more or less direct link between design and outcomes. The work of Ulrich has argued that plentiful light, views of nature, naturalistic art and an overall sense of control have measurable effects on stress reduction and, through this, on the likelihood of more favourable outcomes.

- The British Journal of Psychiatry (2014) 205, 171-176. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.114.144873



Biophilic design is the theory, science and practise of creating buildings inspired by nature, with the aim to continue the individual’s connection with nature in the environments in which we live and work every day.

Biophilic designed buildings incorporate things like natural lighting and ventilation, natural landscape features and other elements to create a more productive and healthy built environment for people.

It's like the “Green Hospital” concept, where the hospital uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building. But much more than sustainability, Biophilia is a ‘love of life or living systems’. It’s about our connection to the natural world. In a bustling urban world this connection can sometimes feel lost. Biophilic design harnesses living systems to create natural environments for us to live and work in.

By including nature in interior and architectural design, we are reconnecting, bringing the great outdoors into our living and workspaces.

It is often the case that we don’t take enough time to immerse ourselves in nature or appreciate the living systems that exist everywhere around us, making it vital for us to incorporate nature into our day-to-day environments.

We believe Biophilic design is critical to mental health, which is why we have chosen to include natural systems and processes in Tūmanako's buildings and landscapes.

Over 50 studies worldwide, including the Human Spaces Report with psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper, have proven the positive effects nature or environments that mimic nature have on overall health and well-being.


...in a 2004 study, when asked to describe their ideal city, people more often chose non-urban characteristics, greenery in particular, and in other studies it has been shown that a pleasant and natural view can raise the price of a house considerably. Although it has been proposed that this desire for a connection with nature is the result of an anti-urban bias combined with a romantic view of nature, environmental psychology research tells us that being connected to nature, is in fact, an adaptive human function that allows for, and assists with, psychological restoration. This means that within an urbanized environment, bringing in elements that allow direct nature connection (such as parks and lakes) or indirect connections (i.e., interior design using natural elements, nature-resembling colors and patterns, indoor plants and views of greenery) can help us to mentally recover and provide respite from our day-to-day activities, to maintain positive well-being.

Human Spaces Report, Biophilic Global Impact, Biophilic Design

To find out more about the Human Spaces Report, visit www.humanspaces.com