The two formerly separate locations, the St. Josef Hospital and St. Alexius Hospital were combined under one
roof as a new centre for mental health. A harmonious triad of urban planning, garden and landscape architecture
and interior design was conceived as a symbiosis of old and new. The result is a cityscape that offers mentally ill
people protection and security, but also integrates them into society. The patients live in houses with small atriums.
The buildings themselves form open courtyards on one side, which provide the closed stations on the ground floor
with a view of differently designed gardens.
The former exterior façade of the historic chapel became the inner wall of the entrance hall and cafeteria.
A glass joint illuminates the main road and the chapel façade with its stained glass windows.
The chapel becomes the centre of the entire complex at the intersection with the main road, which connects
the building for the admin-istration and therapy units with the four bed houses.
The focus was based on the culture of welcome, the topic of Healing Environment is perfectly implemented
here in a very sensitive colour and material concept. Mentally ill people find here a place of peace and healing.