High School HSC Major Artwork
This project combines two randomly selected programs into a symbiotic and harmonious structure. Elysium embodies a Psychiatric Ward and Music Conservatorium in a vertically layered and stratified built form. Historically, architectural design of institutions for the mentally unwell have been based on the principles of efficiency, segregation and isolation; a form of imprisonment with minimal human contact brought on individuals for circumstance out of their control.
Elysium aims to be a humanising, comfortable and empowering living space and treatment centre in which the integration with the conservatorium serves as a mutually beneficial relationship. This is articulated with distinct materiality throughout the project. The psychiatric ward is elevated above the conservatorium; this in turn gives the residents the highest vantage points and broadest views and a sense of empowerment.
The middle section employs the materiality of negative space and structural members, with the void acting as a medium of privacy and circulation for the public.
The bottom stratification enjoys the shelter and structural integrity of the layers above and in return produces music therapy which permeates to the levels above assisting in the spiritual healing of the residents.