New Haven architecture firm Richard Turlington Architects was asked to turn a formerly private two story ranch of 6,200 square feet into a 9 bedroom, 16 patient all female mental health building that would comply with life and safety codes including being compliant with the Adults with Disability's Act. The building was also to have offices for staff and group rooms. The healthcare and interior designs a collaborative effort.
Lovingly known as Barrett House, the building was completely remodeled by Richard Turlington Architects, and in keeping with the rest of their designs of the hospital's campus kept with the same flavor as the original design of the home. Barrett House is an example of the New England vernacular of architectural design and with keeping inside the budgetary constraints the house was renovated and given an exterior face-lift to blend into the healthcare campus.
The approach of the design team was to create more light and to look and feel inviting. By removing interior walls that served as barriers between patient and practitioner we were able to create an environment where the staff is now much more accessible but also has the privacy and security required as a practitioner. Amongst some of the design changes, the entry way was made larger and main stairway in the foyer was exposed.
Richard Turlington Architects faced the same similar challenges as many of the other houses renovated on Silver Hill Campus. Using our holistic design approach helped us create a flow of space that feels organic. In addition we introduced an entire wall of French doors in the rear that overlook the Silver Mine River that hosts a family of Turkeys that patients often have the pleasure of seeing over the rails of the 1,000 square foot new deck that also accommodate group sessions, dining and occasional sun worshiper. It is these considerations that enhance the quality of the environment and lend to our goals of spaces that promote wellness.