Oak Cottage at Maple Lane houses Washington state’s first decentralized mental health care program, supporting an initiative to transform behavioral health services statewide. BCRA was thrilled to lead design of this important project.
What makes this behavioral health facility different is the focus on a patient-centric healing environments that still prioritizes safety. Interior design was inspired by the idea of a quilt motif, using patterns and textures that evoke a comforting item often associated with home. The home-like environment emphasizes connection to daylight and the outdoors in multiple areas, such as a nature nook bay window for respite, ample windows with views, and an outdoor courtyard. Further, special consideration was given to designing a care team station that balances safety and connection.
A modern Northwest aesthetic creates a cohesive look within the surrounding environment with exposed wood beams inside and out, sloped roof forms, soaring canopy entry, brick masonry to anchor the building, and large windows that maximize daylight, a biophilic design element that creates ties to nature and may aid in healing.