Mind model: Rehab centre connects people

07.01.2010 Health & Wellness : Kensuke Watanabe : Architecture

Tokyo – A rehabilitation centre for people suffering from mental illness uses design to provide a new model for a traditionally restrained environment.

The Sowa Unit, completed by Tokyo architect Kensuke Watanabe, is a two-storey building whose layout stimulates and encourages physical movement and visual connection between the patients. Opening up the unit via a staggered formation of six concrete bands, Watanabe forgoes the typically restrictive and protective environment normally associated with such facilities.

Among a host of other revamped utilities, mental health units, often overlooked through contention, are also receiving intelligently designed updates that help to stimulate recuperation.

The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo
The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo
The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo
The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo
The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo The Sowa Unit by Kensuke Watanabe, Tokyo
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