Biophilic Mental Health Hospital

Biophilia, the innate connection between humans and the natural world, has a profound impact on both mental and physical well-being.

This project is based on the principles of biophilic design applied in therapeutic environments. The site area for this project is located in Chania and it is an adaptive reuse and complete redesign of a 12 building complex of psychiatric facilities that was officially closed in 2006. The proposed model promotes multisensory experiences by transferring biophilic elements to medical facilities, aiming for the re-connection of patients to the natural world to achieve faster healing. The design seeks to change the impression of the typical clinical feel of treatment rooms, offering instead, various ways to approach treatment based on the positive effects nature has on individuals.

Existing Condition

Situated in the historic heart of Chania, Greece, the complex was build in 1960, with a primary focus on serving as a psychiatric institution. The site is approximately 12,000 square meters and is woven together with 12 buildings.

Over the decades with the changing societal perceptions and the stigmas attached to mental health institutions, the government opted to close the facilities in 2006. Since then, the structures have remained unused. While there have been earnest endeavors towards adaptive reuse, the complex retains its original character. Given the picturesque backdrop and the integrity of the existing structures, the site holds immense potential to be reimagined as a biophilic mental wellness retreat, emphasizing a holistic approach to care.


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