Designed a five story Inpatient Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center
that is psychologically supportive to foster the process of healing and
recovery for children and adolescents. Biophilic design is explored to achieve a
calm, healing environment that is patient-friendly, designed to a human scale
and gives the users a confident, therapeutic experience through direct and
indirect relations to nature. Prospect and Refuge is used to create intimate and open spaces architecturally [allowing one to see, without being seen]. Refuge areas consist of darker spaces, lowering ceilings, and using heavy vs. light materials. One can be hidden and alone in a refuge space even though there is always an opening to their space for safety. While being in refuge, children can have their alone time while still being safe at the same time. Prospect areas consist of completely open spaces with little to no cover. Prospect and Refuge spaces interlace with one another to encourage the children to occupy spaces that relate to how they are feeling. Almost all of the rooms have built in lounge seats to make the center feel like home.
The program consists of administrative areas, therapy rooms, atrium gardens, living quarters for children, living quarters for adolescents, activity rooms, dining areas, lounges, classrooms, and a rooftop garden with a playground.
Areas of Project were developed over the course of a year
to produce a design that proves my stated thesis. Formal presentation included
a directed research thesis book, rendered plans, sections, details and
perspectives in addition to a physical model.