The NWL Rehabilitation Centre is a unique building designed as a doorway to healing. The building design uses the three main factors: Nature, Water and Light (both natural and artificial lighting in order to provide the users of the building an experience of satisfaction, comfortability, community and healing.
Throughout the building there are concrete columns which highlight this idea of materiality. The way the concrete columns are used is that it replicates the vast heavy material concrete is. The idea that the columns are positioned in a grid like structure like how a hospital is laid out allowing easy circulation for people using the building. The columns act as a metaphor- as if holding the building up towards the heavens. The huge weight on the shoulders is represented by the building itself. The columns act as support structures which metaphorically supports the weight of the building- supporting the people within the building going back to this idea of trauma and PTSD. The NWL Rehab Centre mimics the natural solution of Trauma through the clever use of Nature, Water and Light.
In order to portray the idea of the ‘healing factor’ that the building provides due to its size and position on site. The water glazed exterior panels located on the roof runs south of the building. The reason for this is because due to the vast amount of natural light coming from the South, when light hits this water glazed panel, it would create a ripple reflection on the timber decking on the first floor. The idea is to use to mimic the feeling when walking through an aquarium. As a result, giving this idea of healing and spirituality.
The NWL Rehabilitation Centre is a building surrounded by vast square metres of beautiful plants, wildlife and trees. Alongside, the famous River Trent which runs along the city of Nottingham where wildlife comes to life. This combination with the powerful heaven like light ray from the sun is a formidable healing factor where the building is altered in aspects in order to provide the natural needs of healing. As well as the functions entailed in the building, it is split into mental and physical healing which allows for a large target audience.