17 February 2010

MD. net Clinic Akasaka by Nendo

Japanese firm Nendo have completed their interior design of a mental health clinic in Akasaka, Tokyo, where the doors do not open and patients and staff move around the building by opening sections of the walls.

The facility includes sliding bookcases in which consultation rooms are found and a single opening door at the end of the corridor which reveals a window to the outside.

Nendo explains:

Rather than getting patients back to a ‘zero’, a neutral starting place, the traditional model for mental health care, the clinic aims to provide patients with something extra: a further richness in their daily lives that they did not have before starting treatment. The interior design is an attempt to express this philosophy in space.

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