In studio we were asked to help redesign the Central Regional Hospital located in Butner, NC. This hospital is a psychiatric hospital where they have some long term, and some short term patients. Our main focus in the facility were 3 specific patient care units, the children's pcu, and adolescent male and female pcu's.After visiting the site, I understood better what the clients needed. The space before redesigning it was very cold; only having cmu walls and plain white floors. The environment of the hospital isn't very warm at all, it doesn't encourage the patients to get better, and to grow but it actually may be hindering this growth. Images of one of the PCU's:
Nurse stationActivity room view from nurse station
I developed the concept of nesting, which would make for a much more warmer atmosphere, comforting, and an atmosphere encouraging growth, development, and change. To go along with my concept I wanted to use a lot of wood, and wood paneling, as well as to bring the outside in I decided to have greenwall installations to add variations of texture throughout the space.
Each of the PCU's will have the same layout and furniture within the space. The difference between all of the PCUs would be the color schemes, which will also help the clients with way finding.
Female Adolescent PCU:
Detail of Activity Room Nook & Greenwall Installation
Our group wanted to focus on enriching the atmosphere with fresh, crisp colors to help encourage the educational aspect of the room as well as to make a small closed in space seem more open As shown in the above floor plan. There are 4 main tables each seating two people. The media center when referencing the floor plan is located all the way to the left on the back wall of the library. This area is where inmates can come and have limited internet access.
When designing the space we had a very limited amount of space to work with, and they key was to do as much as we could without making the library overwhelming and overbearing.
The following images of the fully designed communal library was a collaborative design :
My first attempt at designing the layout/floor plan to our communal library. When designing this layout I was focusing on trying to seat as many as possible, however this completely went against the intentions of keeping the space open and welcoming. The space isn't big enough for 8 tables. As a group we decided to change the 8 to 4, which in turn allowed for us to make the tables a whole foot wider. This new floor plan is seen in the next post.
In studio we have started our last and final project of the semester. Redesigning a prison.
I've chosen to focus on the rehabilitation aspect of prison. The reason that people are
sentenced to a specified amount of time in prison is because they need to make some changes; because what they have done or what they are doing is not a positive way of contributing to society. However with that in mind, is it necessarily right or helpful to place the people in a concrete cell with metal bars, absolutely no privacy and strip them of their dignity? It's hard to say whether this is right or wrong. Because then you start to think that maybe it should depend on the severity of the crime, or if they are a habitual offender.
Keeping all of this in mind, I have decided to design my cell for a very minimum security prisoner, and mainly focused on rehabilitation, meditation, and contemplation.