An environment with a sense of legacy is inspiring. It may be an older space or a new one, but it conveys a sense of permanence, purpose and place. It connects the visitor to something larger and more enduring—something beyond themselves. Neuroscientists report that space significantly impacts our cognitive functions. Since 50% of our neural tissue is related to vision, our psycho-physiological link to space is deep and far-reaching.
For architects and designers, creating a sense of legacy can contribute to visitors’ perceptions of a space’s purpose and intent. A space with legacy is connected to its place, its local community and its reason for being. Its visual cues and inspiration can deliver the cognitive and health benefits that come from visitors feeling inspired and stimulated, yet comforted by permanence.