In 2021, a global study revealed that one out of three people believe mental health is the biggest health problem facing people in their country. If our architecture is a reflection of ourselves, our time and our mortality perhaps it deserves greater priority in the making and adapting of cities.
This thesis proposes a new typology for holistic health that provides a safe place in an urban setting for those of all ages, catering for those with various degrees of mental illness and physical illness without segregation. The project battles with boundaries. The spaces are not only for acute care but for prevention. Typologically, the building is better understood as an indoor cultivated wilderness, a monument, a home away from home, and a refuge. Its location with in specific areas of the city suggest it is a building with the potential to bridge health and civic functions.
Thoughts on a Holistic Health Typology is a building for the mind in the heart of the city.
Malcolm studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, graduating at the top of his class. He won the RIBA East Award and was nominated for the AJ Student Award and RIBA Presidents Medal.
With an eye for detail he brings a sensitivity to spatial design and complex briefs, utilising various graphic techniques. He has worked at Wright & Wright Architects on numerous competitions and projects while studying. He specialises in visual storytelling, with a passion for human interaction and user experience.