PROJECTS – CURE
Healing Rehab Clinic
We have been asked to provide a second opinion on the design and layout of a new addiction treatment facility. Does the building contribute to the well-being of the patients and promote their recovery?
The existing design, where the entrance plaza would double as a patio and garden for patients, would, in my opinion, undermine the purpose of the clinic, which is patient recovery. The decision to enter addiction treatment is usually a huge barrier for patients. If it is taken, it should be rewarded with a safe, welcoming, friendly environment where a person can stay until he or she is strong enough to leave the clinic. Providing an enclosed yard where one can relax, unload, and smoke is part of this.
A front yard is not enough, because that is where all the temptations of society are that someone needs to be temporarily protected from. You should only have to cross the threshold of the front door when you are ready, and not to smoke a cigarette. On my advice, this was changed by moving the entrance and creating an enclosed garden where patients can be safe and without temptation.