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Clarity 12 Recovery Centre

Clarity 12 recovery centre is a project that aims to rehabilitate and reintegrate individuals that have the disease of alcoholism. It will be a centre that will be run by and adopt the learning method of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a project that will prioritise aiding the recovery of the individual, putting them and their problem at the helm of proceedings.
With Alcoholics Anonymous being a 12 step programme that aims to move an individual from the chaos of alcoholism to the clarity of regaining your life back, the building would look to reflect this through an aptly named concept which I named Chaos to Clarity.
Within the framework of chaos to clarity I then identified trees as an appropriate medium to represent Chaos to Clarity further, With the edge of roots representing the start of the process slowly being refined down to a point of clarity, at which point the roots become a stump and then the process of growth begins.
The recovery centre section of the building would represent the roots, and the growth section would mark the reintegration section in the form of a bakery.
The building applies the idea of roots & growth, and chaos to clarity through a tree like grid constructed using Pythagoras’ theorem, this would offer guidance to structure, to ventilation, to openings, to spatial arrangement and light diffusers. This ultimately gives me a building that has chaos to clarity built into every element, and the result of this is a building that educates the user on this movement from chaos to clarity allowing them to see the gradual progressing that has to be made to gain clarity, and ultimately growth.

James Macintyre-George
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James Macintyre-George
BArch Architecture

BArch Architecture

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