Katja Bernert

Katja Bernert

Thalasso therapy centre at Wimereux, France. RWTH Aachen (Germany)

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the therapy

escape from day to day hassle

rheumatic pain ... work pressure ...

heavy weights that have to be unloaded in the treatment centre

providing a shelter against the daily stresses

the single therapy unit consists of hierarchically ordered shells that filter out

noise, motion, time ... even space

what is left is a void ... the inner sanctum

the patient gradually gains more privacy ... more solitude

in order to establish a new harmony between physical and mental health

a very individual health hedonism

the void stands for the relaxation through the protective shells on the one hand

and stimulation through the thalasso medium- that is water in all its physical states - on the other hand

the site

the layering of the cliff as an accumulation of shelves of earth that push towards the sea

they are longingly shifting towards the water ... striving for a share of the sea’s infinity, admiring its timelessness

the strength of the horizontal coastline is not to be disturbed

the building only reveals its existence towards the sea

the treatment centre

the building is set into the cliff, offering a solid backing

the same way that shelves of earth stretch towards the sea, some are pushed backwards as to form a hollow in the cliff - here, land and sea merge

the hollow is a flowing space ... in opposition to the actual architectural statements: the voids

continuous space definite space

the hollow is a complementary component of the natural environment

whereas the voids are houses in the palladian sense of the word: perfect geometric bodies

nature architecture

in the thalasso hall the patients will learn to stroll again, to let time pass doing nothing

within the voids, the hierarchical sequence of actions is obviously determinable

deviation determination

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