This research examines how natural light can be manipulated to produce therapeutic interactions and experiences for the wellbeing of clinicians at the mental health unit at Auckland City Hospital. In turn this should improve the effectiveness of care provided to the patients who suffer from dementia and schizophrenia.
It is an extension of my third year study in spatial design regarding architecture, light and wellbeing. I am interested by the idea of sculpting light and am fascinated by how people react to light when it is presented in an unusual, playful manner.
The mental health unit is a shared space among clinicians and patients, encouraging an emotional connection between the two parties. Such bonds cause both positive and negative emotional outcomes. The negative emotional influences from patients can take a toll on staff, affecting them on a daily basis. Such influences can impact the patients experience of the care they are receiving.
As an outcome, I will research and test for a solution in form of a light facade located in a rest area of the mental health Unit. Natural light could be customised depending on condition of environment such as time, weather and season.