Remain calm: a centre for healing the stressed
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Architecture and urban design (MPARC), MSc
Long periods of stress without time to recover is a common and increasing problem in our society. As it often leads to a higher risk of complications down the road, such as mental health problems and fatigue syndrome, it’s important to prevent these cases from escalating and to provide people with help and support no matter where they are on the spectrum of health and stress. The aim of this project was to design a healthcare centre for those who need help in dealing with their stress-levels both in the long-term and in the short-term through healing environments and holistic therapy for stress-management activities such as psychotherapy and mindfulness. The exploration was conducted through literature studies about healing and stimulating effects that built environments can have on our health and how stress can be reduced and managed through different therapeutic activities. Literature studies surrounding biophilic- and salutogenic design contributed to a large scope of the research, resulting in design strategies which were implemented in the project through explorative sketches and digital modelling. The project resulted in the design of a centre that specifically targets stress-reduction and management through healing environments and supporting activities. A place where the stressed receive support, tools, and guidance in their journeys towards greater health.
healing environments, stress, biophilic design , salutogenic design, holistic therapy