Respite & Recoery at Al Wakra

Smith, Mungo, Golembiewski, Jan A., Raz, Noam, Huynh, Alison, Wu, Shuang, Makower, Tim, Surty, Zubair, Jacob, Amal, MacFadyen, Donna, Rabach, Jörn, Mirincheva, Velina, Bastien, Karsten, Harnedy, Richard, Geor, Gerard, Humphrey, Steven, & Casey, Lucy (2015) Respite & Recoery at Al Wakra. MAAP Medical Architecture, Sydney, N.S.W.


International Design Competition for Qatar Psychiatric Hospital.

The scheme for the Al Wakra Respite and Recovery Centre delivers on an all-in attitude toward evidence-based design. It sets new benchmarks in so many ways: the way it allows excellent separation between patient cohorts without unnecessary or visible restrictions; the way it allows sharing of most of the clinical kit and spaces; the way services reticulation and facilities management takes place without compromising security and safety; the ways It abandons the institutional axioms that are still so ubiquitous elsewhere, so it can appear as the friendly, welcoming and wholesome; the way it allows incredible flexibility to allow changes or flexion on the fly; the way it has such ‘good bones’ for more structural changes as the future unfolds. But most importantly, the scheme will be exemplary in the way the building itself plays a role in promoting the recovery and mental well-being of its residents. Like no other, the Centre will rise to the challenges of supporting and inspiring an exemplary mental health service and promote the well-being of the patients. The 160 bed scheme allows for 43,000m2 of landscape, packed with wholesome things to do and experience. The Aspire zone even has stables and a falconry, both to celebrate the love that Qatari people have for horses and birds.

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ID Code: 89297
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Health Infrastructure, Al Wakra Psychiatric Hospital, Al Wakra, Qatar, Person-Centred Mental Health Care, Mental Illness Recovery, Qatari Sensibilities and Culture
ISBN: 9781925018165
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: © MAAP, Makower Architects & Aecom May 2015
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2015 02:20
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 23:57

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