There are three clinical departments for adults (36, 36, and 24 patients) in both open and closed settings; day treatment (therapy rooms); outpatient care for adults; center for autism (children); therapeutic center for adolescents; child psychiatry center; all with clinical and outpatient facilities. Additionally, there is also an emergency accommodation service.
Education, Training, and Research
The IPI plays a major role in psychiatric research at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Brussels, which is located on the same campus. The building houses classrooms and study spaces for students, as well as an auditorium used for both lectures and conferences. The psychiatry professors from UCL are also practitioners at the IPI.
The building is located on the edge of a natural area, the Woluwe Valley. We designed the building to open up, in three parts, towards this valley. The greenery of the valley is extended into the interior of the building. All rooms offer views of nature. The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the effects of light, air, and space. The building itself has a concave shape, making each room slightly different and creating a fluid façade that blends seamlessly with the surroundings.
As a result, the corridors are never straight but slightly curved. Despite its size, the building maintains a human scale and is immediately divided into different units upon entry, providing each patient with a sense of being at home in their own individual accommodation.