A spa/treatment center for Post Traumatic Disorder
Located at the last wetland in Los Angeles, California, the site’s historical contexts influence the past, present and future development of a new age spa treatment center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients. The project leaves the wetland intact by adapting to existing site conditions, creating a volume with a strong yet elegant identity based on the idea of linear continuity. Existing railroad pillars from the Pacific Railroad Company are incorporated into a continuous linear truss system that spans over Ballona Creek to connect to Jefferson Blvd, thus offering two entrances and ultimately emphasizing the re-linkage of PTSD patients back into society.
Emphasizing the railroad axis that connects the two major boulevards together, programs align in a linear manner to mimic the connection between the outside worlds to this contemporary spa treatment center. The primary truss system serves as a core foundation supporting the floor plates while it also reinforces the linear orientation. A series of panels forms the south facade, creating an organic yet controllable breathing shell that adapts to different weather conditions throughout the year. The steel structure allows the long-span truss system to act as a central spine connecting the surrounding contexts to the building.