Silling Architects was approached to develop a schematic proposal for a new substance abuse treatment center that would address the process of healing and eventual freedom from addiction. The vision is cast through a strong desire to make this place very special to and about West Virginia.
The process of recovery rests at the transition between acceptance and freedom, and the architecture captures this process in an abstraction of site and building. A private procession into a very sheltered place marks the individual’s transition from substance abuse to wellness. An entry bridge into the Recovery Center mirrors the individual’s decision to enter into the process of recovery. The building is comprised of a core structure of public program and two private housing wings embracing an open garden.