Anxiety cases have been at a steady incline since the start of the pandemic. Physical wellbeing is prioritised, with rarely any attention being paid to the fragile mental state it has placed the majority of the population in. As a result, this has led to a rise in cases of anxiety-induced memory loss, where individuals fail to remember a certain time frame within their lives [anywhere from a couple of weeks to years]. This is usually triggered by some form of trauma or sudden changes within this person’s life. Usually, these changes will lead the individuals to feel lost or broken, leading them to backtrack to a time before this trauma was experienced. As they will be experiencing a fragment of their past as the present, functioning within this ever-changing reality can cause further distress and delay the healing process [anxiety-induced memory loss is reversible].
The proposal will aim to protect the occupant from the current, whilst encouraging them to accept both the past and the present. It will act similarly to rehab by encouraging the control or prevention of anxiety [which will prevent any further memory loss]. The occupant of the proposal will be constantly changing – once the memories have been found and they feel mentally stable to deal with reality, the occupant will be replaced by another individual. The towers of lost memories provide the key conditions that have been identified as crucial for mental wellbeing through the forms, atmospheres and programmes taking place within. They protect the fragile state of mind whilst gently encouraging acceptance and the retention of memory. The majority of the healing process will occur within these towers.
Initial research on memory and environmental psychology led to the development of the following atmospheres, which was further explored through these collages.
Initial research was conducted in order to understand the stages that lead an individual down a road of recovery from psychological trauma. The diagram shown above aims to link this research to the spaces within the programme, creating a schedule of the activities that would benefit the occupant at each stage.
The towers gradually developed throughout the project through a process of layering. Each tower was designed to supply the occupant with the ideal conditions for mental recovery. The Workshop of Life [therapy space], the Studio and the Nesting Space [bedroom] were identified as the spaces that will be the most crucial for the occupants, and so they were placed within a tower each.