Thesis Project: RAW Holistic Healing Center

Author: Alyssa Crough

Class: IDES 452 Interior Design Synthesis III

Concept and Inspiration

RAW holistic healing center will be inspired by the life cycle. It will be a space that inspires users to grow and be born again through the harmonization of the mind, body and spirit. The facility will attract people who are trying to better themselves and their overall wellbeing. RAW will allow people to practice optimism and reflect it in their mind and body. The space will resemble a forest post-rain; where everything is exposed, refreshed and vibrant.

Project Location and Phases

RAW will be located in Detroit, MI, in the Letts Industries Building. The annex, where the renovation will take place, is attached to an Albert Kahn building that was designed in 1916. The redevelopment of the building exceeds the boundaries of the walls. Phase I entails the renovation of the existing building, and phase II entails the transformation of the exterior into a user-friendly greenway.

Design Issues

Healthcare costs are climbing and non-traditional alternatives are being considered as healthful options. The diseases we face today are related to the environments we’ve designed. The current designs of our communities, buildings and lifestyles have created new health issues. Typically, when people focus on personal well-being they focus on their physical or mental health; not the two in tandem.

Healing Spaces

Healing is not the same as curing. The concept of healing is more about the process of harmonizing the mind, body and spirit. It is about living in peace with yourself, and your surroundings. People can be healed even if they are not cured. RAW will be a space that allows people to find peace in their life. It will provide a variety of spaces that influence different parts of the brain and body to make people feel whole, positive and revitalized.

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Board 1: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Programming (Preliminary Work) Board 2: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Level One (First Floor) Board 3: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Level Two (Second Floor) View 1: Perspective Rendering of the Atrium View 2: Perspective Rendering of the Fitness Center View 3: Perspective Rendering of the Mezzanine View 4: Perspective Rendering of the Yoga Studio

Board 1: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Programming (Preliminary Work)

Board 1: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Programming (Preliminary Work)

This board (1 of 3) by Alyssa Crough features Programming (preliminary work), including images of inspiration, a concept statement, project location and phases, design issues, space planning, the design process and supportive design theory.

Board 2: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Level One (First Floor)

Board 2: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Level One (First Floor)

This board (2 of 3) by Alyssa Crough features level one of RAW, including a rendered floor plan, rendered West elevation, rendered East and South perspective views, a rendered South section view, and explanatory descriptions of special features, such as healing gardens and physical fitness.

Board 3: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Level Two (Second Floor)

Board 3: RAW Holistic Healing Center - Level Two (Second Floor)

This board (3 of 3) by Alyssa Crough features second level of RAW, including a rendered floor plan, a rendered North elevation, rendered East and West perspective views, a rendered North section view, and an explanatory description of the cause and effect of the space.

View 1: Perspective Rendering of the Atrium

View 1: Perspective Rendering of the Atrium

This rendered perspective by Alyssa Crough features a view of the atrium.

View 2: Perspective Rendering of the Fitness Center

View 2: Perspective Rendering of the Fitness Center

This rendered perspective by Alyssa Crough features a view of the fitness center.

View 3: Perspective Rendering of the Mezzanine

View 3: Perspective Rendering of the Mezzanine

This rendered perspective by Alyssa Crough features a view of the mezzanine.

View 4: Perspective Rendering of the Yoga Studio

View 4: Perspective Rendering of the Yoga Studio

This rendered perspective by Alyssa Crough features a view of the yoga studio.