While we know that nature has strong mental restorative benefits for individuals, the benefits of water landscapes in restoring mental benefits are less known. Hence, our research to discover the value of Merri Creek for occupants of The Wilds led us to some interesting finds.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology by Professor Felsten found that some of the most attention restorative interiors were those with views of nature, especially those with waterscapes.
The survey of 236 participants placed in four different indoor spaces with varying views of nature and murals of nature revealed that views of waterscapes were a significant factor in helping restore attention.
From this research, the design strategy for The Wilds was to align the frontages towards the creek. The kitchens were also opened to face the windows, allowing residents to cook and enjoy the scenic views. In doing so, residents can reap the restorative rewards of Merri Creek from the comforts of their own homes. Or even better, they can step out of their homes and immediately enjoy an evening stroll along Merri Creek.