Jialin Zhang

Interior Design, BA (Hons)

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According to World Psychiatry, it estimates between 10 and 20% of young people in the world have mental health disorders. (Kessler et al. 2003)

People are feeling the pressure, and it has gradually become more and more serious with the development of our cities. But there is currently limited space in society that can help people relieve and release the pressure they are feeling under.

And just like ignoring people, many of our old buildings are also being ignored.

China is not only one of the most populous countries in the world, but there will be at least one air-raid shelter in every city in China, and with the disappearance of the war, the air-raid shelter has also become abandoned. This is where the concept emerged, to bring the two elements together.

Continuing the architectural life and significance of air-raid shelters, turning the original concept of the space to protect people’s lives, transforming it into a psychological safe shelter and protect people’s mental health.

Repurposing old buildings does not mean that the character of the structures disappears completely, it’s important to recognise its original intent, whilst at the same time, bringing it into the 21st Century and connecting it with social needs of now.