A nature inspired design can provide a layered space TO facilitate ‘fully private’ or ‘shared private’ spaces. Combining this with common elements in nature will accentuate the therapeutic and stress relieving effects of the proposed design.
Privus Sanctuary aims to create spaces offering privacy of body and mind for Monash students to reduce and remedy stress. Research focused on the lack of student privacy due to constant surveillance and the rush and crowding of the campus and how nature’s forms can have therapeutic effects and alleviate stress. The proposed site, Monash Caulfield Gym, is currently enclosed by a glass façade and exposed to the public, showing no regard for privacy. The program’s intervention transforms this to secluded, private and semi-private spaces for self-reflection, prayer, meditation and group therapy activities. The cohesive use of coral shapes, combined with natural materials and diffused lighting creates pockets of spaces with an intrinsic connection to nature offering different levels of privacy, transitioning from the public to private realm.
A biomimic approach to stress relief...Corals are known to have a layered form that can provide protection and sustain living organisms to balance the underwater ecosystem.