In the wake of mental fragility from PTSD, the Social Organization of Tranquil Healing Environments (SOoTHE) implements warm, welcoming healing guided by research and contextualism. Case study & literature review yield an overarching theme of nature and positive distraction that drives all functional and formal development. Located in Santa Monica, California, the facility will encourage a sense of place and belonging through social interaction, biophilia/nature concepts, and control in environment. SOoTHE leads by example in the architectural discourse to address increasing population, decreasing resources & placelessness. Research implications of biophillia and strategic operations within a surrounding, medical network drive the sitting of SOoTHE. The Nautilus shell spiral serves as a form and planning driver in a site specific, stair stepping execution conforming to climate & topography. SOoTHE fosters positive, healing environments in human-centered care under the tenets of judicious best design, programming and planning practice.
Status: School Project
Location: Santa Monica, CA, US