Architecture Improving Mental Health in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic


The coronavirus pandemic created a lot of anxiety, stress, and other mental health issues in our society, especially the medical staff. This thesis develops the possibilities of a meditation space for a major healthcare campus, the MedStar Washington Hospital. The project intends to analyze the effects of natural light in the interior, how it affects the atmosphere inside and how it helps to create the sacred space encouraging reflection. Through a sustainable design, this thesis explores how architecture can bring people together, affect their mood, and what elements make us determine the space as spiritual and divine.