University Of Michigan Health System Rachel Upjohn Building for Ambulatory Psychiatry & Depression Center

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Designed to be the antithesis of depression, this building embodies the exact opposite of what one might associate with the darkness of depression.

Located on a tranquil meadow as part of the university’s East Medical Campus, this facility is the first ever multi-disciplinary center dedicated to research, education, and treatment of depressive and bipolar illnesses, combining all ambulatory psychiatry departments under one roof. To patients who visit every day, the center has become a celebration of light and a beacon of hope. Organized around a large two-story atrium, the center is flooded with daylight harvested by a large skylight, embracing the healing power of natural light. The entrance is an iconic element of glass that shimmers like a jewel in the sunlight and glows like a lantern at night.

Additional support spaces include consult rooms/offices, waiting rooms, conference rooms and a 120-seat auditorium complete with videoconferencing and wireless technology capabilities allowing researchers, clinicians and the community to gather together to broadcast the fight against depression.

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