Mental illness is a disorder of the mind, and effects the healthy functioning of the brain. The brain is the key to all of our actions, thoughts and decisions, and if this primary tool is slightly off balance these actions, thoughts and decisions may have a negative impact upon ones self and potentially others and thephysical environment around us. There is a wide range of disorders, ranging from very mild to severe and it is possible for these disorders tointerrupt daily activities to the point that life becomes quite difficult.
The centre will aid in realigning the thinking of the brain and helping individuals to re-tune back into society through means of meditative techniques, aids and activities in which to relax ones self and an environment far from sterile and institutional that works in harmony with the individual. The aim is to allow each individual to understand ones own mind, control negative thoughts, situations and actions and understand the environment and society in which they are all apart off.
The physicality of the project will interrupt the existing streetscape, breaking the existing solidity of Leece Street, and introducing a softer façade into the existing arrangement. It will subtlety announce its presence, without an overbearing presence offering an alternative space / building, breaking away from the chaos and density of Leece Street and introducing a scenic green landscape that forms the entrance to the healing pavilion.
It will screen out the noise and pollution of the immediate area using various green thresholds and layers that protect the centre and it will draw in the more pleasant elements of the surroundings such as wind, water and plants using these to maximize comfort and the environment. The location has the convenience of a central location, and will welcome the public, not only providing amenities for their use, but to also bring awareness and break the stigma that is associated with mental illnesses, allowing them to have a much better understanding of the illness and to the people who are unfortunate enough to have such an experience.
Spaces will unfold, lightly and delicately, using layers and the inclusion of thresholds and planes will help form separation, creating a sense of enclosure and containment, but can also be manipulated to provide openness, space and freedom when needed. Voids will provide alternative visual means of ventilation, natural light and focal points within the building and will help to break up the mass of the building, offering external courtyards, light wells and connection points throughout the building.