Asylum: a Place of Refuge

This project seeks to create a reinterpretation of the original meaning of the 18th century Asylum: a Place of Refuge. As mental health issues, namely anxieties and depression have reached an unprecedented peak, it is necessary for architects to address the issue by realising the impact of the environment in shaping our thoughts and emotions. Consequently, how can we, as architects, create a safe haven for people to resort to, away from the stresses of everyday life? In this project, this question is addressed through the constant dialogue of the built environment and nature conveyed through materiality, experience and form.


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Instructors: Michael Hughes and visiting Architect Fernando Menis

American University of Sharjah

Spring 2017