Optima Psychiatric Hospital, Stellenbosch

Optima Psychiatric Hospital, Stellenbosch

When our client discovered this Protea farm on the Hellshoogte Pass outside of Stellenbosch, he could think of no better place as a retreat for his patients, and decided to build a new Psychiatric hospital right there. The building accommodates a 16 bed Paediatric Unit on the ground floor, and a 16 bed  Adolescent Unit on the first floor, with a nurses’ station on each level. The plan for both levels is essentially an H-shape, with the nurses’ station strategically placed in the centre in order to have visual contact with all the rooms for supervision purposes. The trusses were designed to accommodate smaller attic therapy rooms, but sadly permission for a third floor could not be obtained. Our original design of the façade changed a lot because of restrictions from the Department of Health, and to satisfy our clients fantasy for a white gable.

The building also accommodates therapy rooms, a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen on the ground floor. The lounge / dining room area on the ground floor opens up onto a patio overlooking the Simonsberg Nature Reserve. Group therapy sessions often take place outside, which is obviously very good for the patients’ state of mental well being.

This building was completed in 2019.

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