PROJECT Healing Oasis - Architecture as Medicine (proposal)
Hospitals are surprisingly neutral machines, dictated to function, organization and efficiency. However, as a environment, the hospital, could contribute to the healing process or, at least, to the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors. Architecture as medicine aims at optimizing the existing hospital buildings, though careful executed spatial interventions. The adjustment is unevenly distributed throughout the entire hospital building, but will be concentrated in certain areas. These spatial “safety nets” offer a series of personal retreats from the daily hospital atmosphere. Characterized by openness and natural elements these capsular spaces encouraged a new mode of contact between patient, staff and visitor.
THESIS Architecture as Medicine (theoretical research)
The relationship between man and architecture is fading. Surrounding buildings are getting increasingly bigger and moreover anonymous. This relational imbalance can provide a negative impact on our wellbeing, with a potential influence on our physical health. Architecture should act as a comporting and stimulating second body, especially for people with health problems. Certainly in hospitals, a stimulating architecture could contribute to the healing process, could make a difference. This thesis retraces the origins of the modern hospital, as a building type, and explores the (spatial) requirements for improvement though interventions aimed at the less measurable aspects of healing.