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Jack Jarrett Architects
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.