Phase 1A focuses on three residential buildings and an outpatient clinic. Through consultation with CAMH, the design consortium devised Phase 1A as an Alternative Milieu program in the form of three recognizable residential buildings, linked to a commercial office-style building. Each block contains 24 patient rooms with six en-suite bedrooms on each of the four floors. Each floor functions as an ‘apartment,’ with six patients sharing kitchen, dining and living spaces. The design of each floor plate forms an L-shaped building plan around a landscaped courtyard at grade which is shared by the patients. The entire Phase 1A complex houses a total of seventy-two resident suites.
1001 Queen Street West, Toronto
88,000 sq. ft.
Jonathan Kearns, Peter Ng, Dan McNeil, Christine Leu
International Academy of Design and Health for Mental Health Design | 2009, Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Award – Honorable Mention | 2005
Montgomery Sisam Architects, KPMB Architects
View from sidewalk
The units in the Phase 1A are residential buildings designed specifically for patients preparing to re-integrate with society after treatment; a process vital to the rehabilitation of mental health patients. As such, the spaces and organization within each block are designed to facilitate communal integration and access to shared interior and exterior spaces. The outpatient clinic provides community and group therapy rooms for rehabilitated individuals, while the building’s inpatient program caters towards people suffering from mood disorders and schizophrenia. In addition to communal spaces for treatment and consultation, an alternative milieu is created by the grouping of six clients on each of the four floors of each building. Every patient has a private bedroom and washroom with access to expansive light and air, while sharing the use of the living and kitchen areas.
Separating programmatic zones allows patients a sense of place and feeling of home; nurses and doctors entering into the patient zone are received as guests providing care.
View from Queen Street
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