Healing Spirit House is a new mental health facility located on the 244-acre site in Coquitlam, BC, that was home to the Riverview Hospital for almost a century. The connection of the clients to the purpose of the facility fully integrates with the Riverview Design Guidelines.
The building provides 38 beds, along with recreational and academic space, and a variety of outreach programs to treat youth aged 12 to 17 who have significant psychiatric and behavioural difficulties, as well as individuals aged 14 and older who have a developmental disability and concurrent mental illness.
Healing Spirit House provides a welcoming atmosphere that offers clients spaces to facilitate their healing journey. The building design takes advantage of sunlight, the outdoors, and the lush, treed surroundings of the Riverview campus. A multitude of spaces support First Nations artwork, and indigenous plant species create a wayfinding strategy that works in harmony with the sacred trees of the Riverview campus.
The considerate way in which these elements are integrated gives the facility a true identity, instilling a sense of belonging, and reinforces the notion that the facility truly is home during times of high water, a refuge for those in need of safety: clients, staff and visitors alike.