A more domestic feel
Part of Once There Were Walls, Safehouse 1, London.
A speaker plays a selection of guidelines from the Department of Health’s ‘Health Building Note 03-01’ for Adult Acute Mental Health Units. Particular focus is paid to the attempt at promoting a sense of domesticity without incorporating the apparent risks domestic interiors pose. Any appearance of an institutional environment is to be avoided while still maintaining the utmost security and safety.
Four photographs found in my father’s storage documenting a range of unknown domestic interiors are mounted in polystyrene frames on the walls.
Excerpt of original 12 minute audio: