Healing spaces: how can architecture help in the recovery from eating disorders?
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Architecture and urban design (MPARC), MSc
The environment in which we spend our time while sick has been proven to have an effect on how fast we recover. Since our surroundings affect us, the spaces in which we heal deserves extra attention. Yet hospital-environments are very rarely seen as something positive or nice. Function and hygiene is prioritized, and the result often is sterile, unwelcoming spaces. This is true even when the need for sterility is lower, for example while treating mental health issues. This study investigates how architecture could support recovery for people struggling with eating disorders. The study is conducted through literature studies and an interview with Stina Claesson, responsible for the eating disorder unit in Borås. The result of these theoretic parts are then implemented on a design proposal for a new, external ward, where the activities currently taking place in hospital-environments can take place instead. New elements are also proposed to remove some of the stigma surrounding eating disorders, and to invite and educate the public. During the Corona-epidemic, mental health has become an issue for many people. Worst of are the people already struggling with mental health issues, who risk a worsening of their condition due to factors such as isolation, or stress. This is why it’s more important than ever to put an emphasis on the environments where we tend to our mental health. The lessons learned in this thesis can hopefully be implemented outside of this study’s focus.
Healing architecture, eating disorders, mental health , biophilic design, healthcare architecture