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Stefano Scalzo

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Victoria None > Architecture
Health And Medicine > Mental Health
To research the design of high amenity mental health facilities built over multiple levels - Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, USA, Canada
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The lessons learnt distil into the following 10 recommendations:

  1. Mental Health units are ideally developed over multiple levels so as to minimise building footprint and site coverage of Hospital campuses
  2. Mental Health units are ideally located on Hospital campuses or on urban sites where linkages between the unit, the broader Hospital campus and community can be developed to mitigate against stigmatisation
  3. Mental Health units are ideally designed to achieve built environments of high amenity featuring: direct access from clinical spaces to outdoor areas, high levels of daylight penetration, good acoustic attenuation and ease of wayfinding
  4. Wherever Mental Health units are developed as standalone buildings they are ideally designed as either a Stepped Courtyard or Radial Plan type
  5. Wherever Mental Health units are designed with courtyards, these are ideally surrounded by residential accommodation in a ‘single’ loaded corridor arrangement to maximise daylight penetration
  6. Mental Health units are ideally designed to facilitate direct access from indoor spaces to landscaped areas without the need for ‘managed’ solutions which impact upon staff efficiency and consumer perceptions of freedom
  7. Mental Health units are ideally designed with disaggregated outdoor areas preferably linked to consumer bedrooms or recreation areas that promote individualised amenity
  8. Mental Health units are ideally designed to incorporate sound attenuating features through the use of sound absorbing materials and finishes resolved to a high standard architecturally
  9. Mental Health units are ideally designed to include local materials and building traditions to assist in the creational of a ‘normal’ place
  10. Mental Health units are designed to incorporate anti-ligature fixtures and fittings to a standard commensurate with an agreed safety management plan balancing amenity with risk 
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