Architecture as 2nd body - a new typology

IF WALLS COULD TALK_DE 2006- 2008
WENN WÄNDE SPRECHEN KÖNNTEN_DE 2006- 2008

 

 

 

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Architectural design of psychotherapeutic counceling rooms
Architektur von psychotherapeutischen Beratungsräumen

 

The study investigated architectural design criteria of different counseling rooms at the University Hospital in Munich and their effect on the treatment duration of a cancer patient’s depression.
We examined the effects of view to nature, privacy and the distance of the room to the entrance including orientation. Literature describes them as the three most important factors of a healing environment.
In Germany the problem of acute care settings is the structural lack of space. Disciplines like psycho-oncology have to be very flexible finding rooms to hold therapeutic settings.
In Munich a whole range of unfit rooms such as conference rooms, waiting areas, examination rooms or work places are used. These rooms completely contradict the needs of a psycho-therapeutic setting. We hypothesized that therefore therapists have to spend double energy to create trust and need more time to receive the expected therapeutic goals.
We followed 40 patients, who were treated for comparable depression symptoms, in 4 different rooms by tens in one and the same room. The treatment duration was the shortest in the room that was the closest to the entrance resp. had its own entrance reachable directly from the outside without passing through the long, cold and disorienting hallways of the clinic. While view to nature surprisingly showed no effect on the treatment duration, privacy had a strong effect too.
The results provide evidence for the importance of architectural design criteria of psycho-oncologic counseling rooms and their association to psychological healing processes.

 


More kopvol projects on 'architecture and cancer':
architectural design of doctors' offices >>
architectural design of private living space >>
architectural design of cancer care and cure centers >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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