One third of people in Denmark are diagnosed with cancer before they turn 75. This leaves two third of the people in Denmark affected by the disease, as friends or family to the diagnosed. Scientific research shows that the right environments can help people recover from cancer treatments, either as patient or as a relative. These healing environments are the result of incorporating architecture in a healing context, which over the years has increased in necessity.
My motivation for taking part in this field of architecture, is to contribute to a healthier future and to help people that need support in a time of distress. The project motivation lies within the investigation of healing environments. How light, materials, sound and colors affect people in a positive way. The empiricism of materials is of great importance to the overall approach. This is to ensure architectural spaces that actively contribute to the physical and mental process of healing.
My project is a counselling centre situated near Aarhus University Hospital in Skejby. The centre works as a neutral place for healing and counselling in a difficult time. A place that offers the necessary support for the vulnerable. The aim has been to create a centre, that through architectural spaces and atmospheres lessens the physical and mental side effects that comes with the disease. My project presents the research, registrations and investigations, that through knowledge of cancer treatment and healing architecture lead to the decisions of the final design.