Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mental Health meets Wonderland: MD.net clinic

Japanese architecture firm Nendo was commissioned to design an unconventional space for a mental health clinic in Akasaka, Tokyo.

From Nendo: "Rather than getting patients back to a 'zero', a neutral starting place, the traditional model for mental health care, the clinic aims to provide patients with something extra: a further richness in their daily lives that they did not have before starting treatment.

"The interior design is an attempt to express this philosophy in space. The 'doors' that line the walls of the clinic do not open, and 'ordinary' parts of the walls open up into new spaces. The consultation rooms are entered by sliding the bookshelves sideways. The door at the end of the hallway opens onto a window; the amount of light in the hallway is controlled by opening and closing the door."

View photos of the finished clinic here.

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