psychiatric care

Thinking about hospital ambiance, pencil sketch of a patient sleeping on a daybed in the cafeteria, 2015

About psychiatric care

This is an investigation of what a psychiatric care facility could look like when it incorporates values ​​such as trust, gloom and open doors. These values ​​have been identified and materialized through a thought experiment where I have tried to listen to four different equally important characters, each claiming that their perspective should be prioritized. For example, maintenance wants very easy to clean surfaces, while patients are depressed and require a lot of textiles for comfort. While caregivers worry about structure, patients may be unpredictable. Relatives just wish for their loved ones to heal. Everyone's goal is for patients to be able to return to society, take care of themselves and stay healthy.

The ambiance of the space must allow for a variation of emotions. By moving the entire facility away from the city center to a more serene location and by painting walls and ceilings with pigments from a gloomy sky, nature is invited. I built open landscapes working with super-furniture-interiors. There are awkward back-supports that challenge the standards of behavior. Art is built into the architecture. The entire entrance, cafeteria, and terrace are adapted for patients to attend. There are daybeds for times when you are tired, but still you can listen to people talking nearby. You don’t have to be alone just because you don’t want to be social.

By creating an alternative common area and making them physically and emotionally accessible to patients, my hope is to improve health care facilities for psychiatric care.

Elevation, overlooking the park area in front of the southern entrance to the hospital.

Developing super furniture that includes cumbersome backrests and different heights in an attempt to physically challenge standards of motion.


The pattern for this weave was inspired by the local flora.

The reception desk.

This project was developed during my second year at Konstfack, under the BA program. We were tasked with developing proposals for public health care. For research, the class visited different institutions like for example Nya Karolinska Sjukhuset. I choose to work with psychiatric care and I got in contact with personnel at the newly built facility in Uppsala. Teachers: Åsa Conradsson, Sahn Gnista, Anders Winell, Simon Anund, Lennart Högman, Gösta Wessel 

2015  by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design,  Stockholm

© 2018 Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg