What you need to know:
Japanese people tend to overwork and not take the needed care of their mental health. One contributor to this negative norm is feeling ashamed and embarrassed to show weaknesses to others. So, some may view taking care of their mental health or expressing concern for their mental health as an embarrassment. In addition, mental health is a topic that is deeply under-discussed in Japan. Compared to other countries, the number of mental health organizations is significantly lower, and going to counselors or therapy is typically rare. Many Japanese people grow up without the knowledge of the impact and importance of mental health can be in the future, and when they need to care for it, not know how or what to do to improve their mental health.
My project aims to improve both the physical and mental health of workers in Tokyo. What makes this project special is that it puts strength into improving the mental health of the workers who experience daily stress and pressure. Japanese people tend to overthink and bury their thoughts and troubles, leading many to become very stressed and overwhelmed. Mental health is not only an issue among Japanese people, and it has recently become a popular topic among many countries and age groups. Mental health is a topic that attracts my interest and similar to others, not something that I work on enough, even though mental health is essential for everyone’s health and well being – SDG 3. Through my project, I aim to provide opportunities for the users to learn more about how to and be able to find ways to decrease and alleviate the negative effects – SDG 4. For example, classrooms where people can learn about mental health and stress management deeply, rooms geared toward relaxation, such as aroma rooms and nap rooms, and spaces primarily focused on exercise. The outcome I hope this multistory building to have is for people to have a space in which they can release stress in a healthy, beneficial, and lasting way.
adults who work everyday
This space will provide ways for the users to get exercise, relaxation, improvements in their mental health, education about mental and physical health, and/or a breather from society. Users will be able to choose from a variety of rooms and this flexibility will allow users to choose what activity/resource they think will benefit their mental health the most. I would like this space to also teach Japanese people about how to improve and the importance of their mental health and stress management.
東京メンタルヘルス (Tokyo Mental Health)
important points I learnt:
- stress is caused by something not going one’s way
- stress management is important to decrease and eliminate stress
important points I learnt:
- taking care of mental health is not something that is normalized in Japan enough yet
My Response: What can we do?
To decrease the stress level and help adult workers with their stress management, I developed a building which would have several elements to help decrease and alleviate stress levels in the users.
front view of the building
- lots of glass to allow in natural light
- mix with white brick walls for privacy and covering up certain areas
- mix of wood and glass in the cafe
(path and field not included in sketch)
- front desk
- counseling rooms
- locker rooms
- yoga studio
- meditation room
- aroma room
- nap room
- sun room
- weight / workout gym
- pool (indoor and outdoor)
- multipurpose room
Digital 3D – Visual samples of the Design Proposal:
Final Design Proposal
sample of interiors refinement:
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(Presentation includes Bibliography Citations)
Audience Feedback: How will you get involved?
Thank you for reading my project! I am curious to hear your thoughts about my research topic and project.
In the comments below, please answer several questions to improve and expand my idea:
- Can you see this building idea benefitting people in your community?
- If yes, which group might it benefit the most? (Does not have to be adult workers)
- What changes would make the spaces and building more beneficial?
- Any other recommendations?
- (optional question, for my interest) What do you do for your stress management and decreasing stress?