yamazaki kentaro design workshop has constructed a mental health clinic in japan, which specializes in the treatment of patients with dementia.
as with other the country’s other regions, the city of saga has an aging population, which has created a greater requirement for healthcare facilities.importantly — in addition to providing efficient and safe treatment of patients — ‘sayanomoto clinic’ also includes an educational area for patients and their families. architect kentaro yamazaki designed this communal area as a starting point for those facing the condition of dementia. internally, a 30 meter-long bookshelf contains a range of coffee table books, rather than conceptual or theoretical writings.
externally, a garden seeks to recreate the surrounding landscape of rice fields and mountains using local flora. by creating a shared space where patients, staff, and families can interact, the scheme seeks to connect individuals through education and knowledge. other projects by yamazaki kentaro design workshop include a house conceived as ‘as a container for living’, and a nursery defined by its stepped interior.