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A Retreat Centre for

A Retreat Centre for 'Wfwk Health M?%*®f&&S*X Fig.8 Each picture is of the same woman. The left picture is the original, the middle picture is the two right halves of the face minored and the right picture is the two left halves of the face mirrored. The human face only implies symmetry. filled. Balance is focus; focus implies an axis that demands balance. Symmetry is then implied. But symmetry is rigid, and not life giving. The human body appears symmetrical. But on closer inspection, each side is comprised of similar features, not identical ones.(Fig. 8) Balance must give stability without rigidity. It is the ordering principle of balance that allows the "diverse forms and spaces of a building and site to co-exist perceptually and conceptually within an ordered and unified whole. " 20 Architecture must exist with nature and individual aspects of the built form must co-exist with one another. If they fight each other, tension abounds.(Fig.9) When experiencing negative symptoms like fatigue, anxiety or depression, architecture can offer balance from outside of us. The spaces themselves should be balanced, from large and small public spaces that range in atmosphere, to large and small intermediate spaces, some advocating rest, others suggesting activity. Architecture is a powerful tool for any health practitioner and must be sensitively designed, harboring feelings of tranquility, harmony and balance. Fig. 9 Tension of coexisting shapes 22

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