The combination of warm yet modern materials, curving wood walls, soft, non-glare lighting, and open yet private and secure spaces seems to impart an immediate sense of peace for patients.
The therapeutic benefits of art, music, and writing play a central role in the psychological and cognitive health of service members recovering from TBI.
The interior “Central Park” space is equipped with ambient therapy music as well as rehabilitation terrain paths around the ivy covered perimeter, but its most prominent feature is a labyrinth pattern inlaid in the wood flooring, which aids in meditation and focusing exercises.
The precast concrete walls provide privacy where necessary to ensure that the patient and family members feel secure, protected and “not on display.”
The serpentine shape of the undulating exterior glass parallels the interior volume created by three circular spaces: the Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN), the Central Park, and the Data Immersive Visualization Environment (DIVE) room.
By integrating family spaces, natural light, and a balance of large and small spaces, the design offers healing spaces not just for physical needs, but also the emotional and spiritual needs of the patients, families and caregivers.
Because direct light and harsh glare can be harmful and disorienting to TBI patients, the design provides even levels of natural and indirect light in patient and public environments.
Every therapy space has natural light and strategic window placement to create opportunities to improve wayfinding and balance visual control with auditory control.
A variety of ceiling heights, widths and numerous cut-outs and overlooks provide a rich spatial experience and the opportunity for natural light and views to the exterior from any vantage point in the space.