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Rooftop Refuge : an architectural oasis for mental health Mak, Helen Cherk Wing


Mental health is a vital aspect of one’s well-being that deeply infiltrates all facets of one’s life. Therefore, those afflicted with mental illness can experience significant distress, hardship, and even debilitating stigma. As mental health increasingly emerges at the forefront of medical discussions, architectural mindsets of the past need to dramatically alter as well. Architectural design principles coalesced with unprecedented remediation methods can inventively configure an environment which bolsters healing and promotes mental health. Situated in the bustling downtown Vancouver, elevated on the top of a parking garage, the complex of buildings interspersed throughout a garden imagines a new, reinvigorating atmosphere.

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