Name of the Project : Nakamura Mental Clinic
Seven main functions such as consultation room, waiting room, staff room and others are placed surrounding a septagonal room called personal lobby. Seven rooms are placed in consideration of the ambient surrounding and conditions of the building; the room with window is for consultation, the room near elevator hall is for waiting, and the room near electric pipe shaft is for staff.
Personal lobby is a hub of traffic lines inside the clinic and, at the same time, a buffer zone to seven rooms. For example, by passing through the personal lobby, a patient can avoid facing other patients in the waiting room right after he/she comes out from the consultation room, or the whereabouts of a patient can be barred from the waiting room.
The walls of the personal lobby employ green living walls and opaque glass so that green and light can be seen and felt throughout the clinic. On the floor is deep pile carpet which absorbs the sound, so that when entered in the room, patients can sense the tranquility for a while.
The clinic is on the fifth floor of the building facing a rotary in front of a station. It has nice view on the east, south and west side and enough sunshine. The room, closest to the window and has the greatest benefit, is the clinic. This ambience is expected to loosen the unique tension which arises between the doctor and patient in a closed space.
Our aim is to make the most of the ambient surrounding and the conditions of the building to create an open and comfortable clinic which respects privacy of patients.
- Akio Nakasa -