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Jack Jarrett Architects

Conscientious Architecture

Good, considered design can have have a considerable impact on well-being. The study looked at how issues such as light, shade, colour and materiality can each have a benevolent impact upon space (if used conscientiously), backed up with analysis and studies of historical healthcare buildings in the UK and beyond.

With Maggie's Centres resurrecting this principal of good design helping treatment and support to people with cancer, in 2009 Jack undertook a comprehensive study to understand how the 'anatomies' of space - light, colour, circulation, acoustics, among others - can help support individuals and families dealing with mental illnesses, a condition affecting 1 in 4 of us, but still very much considered a societal taboo.

Further, we looked at how space can be appropriated to allow users a sense of security, comfort and stability through considered circulation spaces and room layouts.

Rather than use awe-inspiring forms or technologies, these everyday qualities can be used subtly and sensitively to allow users to appreciate and reconnect with the beauty of the everyday, as demonstrated by the profound impact of Berthold Lubetkin and Tecton's Finsbury Health Centre (1935-38).

The work has since gone on to help form many of our central tenets in our work, allowing us to imbue our projects with these thoughtful qualities to create spaces conducive to well-being.

A digital version of the book is available upon request; please email studio@jackjarrett.co.uk for further details.

Conscientious Architecture