Woods Bagot wins WAN Award for mental patient refuge

Woods Bagot has won the 2012 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards – Healthcare, for St Vincent’s Private Hospital Young Adults Mental Health Unit, in Sydney, Australia.

“We’re incredibly honoured to have received this accolade; embracing design principles to stimulate the repair and restoration of a youth’s mental health, is a story worth sharing,” said Alan McMahon, associate, Woods Bagot.

The design of the centre reinforces a healing environment with limited boundaries and flexible spaces, to create a refuge for young people at a time in their lives when mental health issues can arise for the first time.

“Woods Bagot have gone beyond the brief in terms of the level of detail applied to this building, to the level of designing window seating that encourage the patient to sit there, integrating natural light and nature as a key way to alleviate stress,” said the WAN jury.

The unit will provide a centre that allows for age-appropriate care specifically for young adult mental health patients aged 16 to 30. The facility uses a number of elements to create an identity of spaces which adolescents can identify with.

“We worked very closely with Woods Bagot to come up with a design and layout that would best compliment the unique type of care we’re delivering. I think the most striking feature of the unit is the extraordinary balance between creating a safe and functional treatment facility that is warm and inviting,” said David Faktor, St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

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