Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin

Our approach to making new facilities for the Global Brain Health Institute began with the end users, gaining an understanding of the brief, their work and research into Dementia and Brain Health, and  developing this building to make a distinctive place to support this. Not only will this be an environment to foster creative thinking around this critical area of research for the future : what has captured our imagination is the potential for the  project to tell the  story of  the research, to mirror the operation of the brain.

A circular central space has been created within a carefully integrated set of linked, timber-lined rooms and spaces, naturally daylit and opening onto a landscaped setting.  The circular space has an interactive ceiling – an innovative piece of lighting design which responds to the behaviour of participants by graphically showing,  with a dense LED lighting array, the effect of certain actions on the molecular structure of the brain, describing the degenerative process of dementia, the positive ways the degenerative process can be slowed, and facilitating  early detection and prevention.