Interior Design School of Design

Ke Wang


During my four years at GSA, I explored various methods of representing interior spaces, and in my final year, I focused on designing for wellbeing. This led to my final project on drama therapy. It integrates the concepts of immersive theatre and interior design, particularly emphasising open spaces and privacy. The project centres on using performance-based therapy to engage ‘high-stress individuals,’ using embodied experiences to address and break through psychological and behavioural challenges.

Crafted Healing

Crafted Healing

The essence of art therapy lies in “therapy,” a clinical intervention based on psychological theories. Art healing aims to improve participants’ physiological and psychological states through the creative process of art. This approach leverages the innate power of artistic expression to facilitate healing and personal growth, offering a therapeutic outlet for individuals to explore and express their emotions, work through traumas, and develop a deeper understanding of themselves.

Crafted Healing is envisioned as a multifaceted arts centre offering spaces for learning and relaxation. Central to its design is a Playback Theatre, adaptable to diverse audience needs and suitable for various environments such as communities, schools, and therapeutic settings. The centre also features an original pottery studio and a black box theatre designed to facilitate emotional expression and healing through physical engagement with art.


Axiom Building

Elevation Drawing

Site Analysis

54 Washington Street The Axiom building is strategically located within a 5-minute walk of the city centre. Furthermore, the building is close to the Clyde River, and there is a wide range of high- quality retail and hotel opttons nearby. The Multtple offfces are nearby, such as the Pentagon Center and Kenttgern House. The locatton allows easy access to different forms of public transport via Anderson train stattons and bus services along Argyle Street. The site is populated with people who seek interest in different areas of activities. Conversations are designed within the events as visitors stand outside the building. Surrounded by businesses and offices, the site is unexpectedly vibrant, as the facility is bustling with noise and excitement.

Ground Floor

Floor Plan 1:200@A3

Exhibition Hall

The exhibition hall showcasing works the facility's users created. The exhibition hall is elevated, allowing sunlight to enter through the second-floor windows, connecting the space with the outside. Sunlight filters through the perforated curved roof, casting various shapes and adding more fun and elements to the exhibition hall. The arches extend the visual space of the building, filling the interior with rhythm. The exhibition hall consists of three rooms interconnected by arches to display artworks. On the ground floor, an indoor garden introduces natural elements such as plants and natural light, enhancing the healing atmosphere of the space. Since natural environments have a proven positive impact on emotional and psychological health, incorporating these elements into art healing spaces can yield better outcomes. The ground floor primarily features public spaces for social interaction and communication. A café provides a place for the therapists' families and friends, and nearby office workers can also visit the café.

Reception | Black Box Theatre

Exhibition Hall and Rooms

The first and second floors of this building focus on art therapy and treatment. The architectural structure integrates a pottery workshop, with its primary materials being concrete and red brick, mimicking the colour of ceramics. The building's exterior features red sandstone bricks, while the interior uses red bricks that carry the weight of history, emitting a unique charm. Its rustic and rugged nature brings an original beauty to the space as if narrating the stories of the years gone by. The streamlined staircase displayed in the image disrupt concrete and brick, using elegant curves to emphasize the continuity of flowing spaces and to guide visitors inside. The interior space extends this overarching design language, blending curves with stepped seating arrangements to effectively unify indoor and outdoor areas, enhancing the spatial visual hierarchy.

Reception | Workshops

Café and Lounge Area

First Floor

Floor Plan 1:200@A3

Playback Theatre

Black Box Theatre | Ground Floor

Black Box Theatre | First Floor

Behind the reception area is the black box theatre, which spans the first and second floors, merging therapeutic and healing spaces through theatrical settings. The black box theatre's most significant advantage is its versatility; it can be transformed into anything the director imagines. The black box theatre allows for endless new and creative configurations and is particularly suitable for experimental performances that may require unusual seating and stage arrangements. It can accommodate a thrust stage, an improved thrust stage, or an arena theatre. This format offers more creative possibilities for drama therapy. No clear division between the stage and the audience area surrounds the "black box" theatre. Seating can be adapted for different events and dramatic needs, with a capacity of up to 180 people.

Black Box Theatre | Details

Steel ring beams: Columns in the middle of the interior space were removed


Second Floor

Floor Plan 1:200@A3

Third Floor

Floor Plan 1:200@A3

Communal Spaces

The main functions of the second and third floors are art workshops. These floors are connected by a large staircase that forms a leisure area, transforming the stairwell into a more spacious zone. By turning it into a multifunctional area and intermittently placing soft seats and cushions on the wide steps, a comfortable resting area is created. This arrangement allows the staircase to double as a strikingly linear decorative element within the space. The description points to a design philosophy that emphasises natural materials with delicate textures, soft lighting, and spaces conducive to both social interaction and quiet contemplation. The private rooms allow visitors to place their personal items and create private spaces and move away from communal area. The materials of second and third floor underscores the importance of materiality, lighting, and spatial arrangement in creating environments that not only appeal to the senses but also facilitate a range of human experiences from communal engagement to individual reflection. The choice of natural materials and the strategic use of lighting contribute to a sense of warmth and welcome, while the provision of spaces for personal belongings adds a personal touch, making public spaces feel more intimate and personalised.

Pottery Workshops

The second floor preserves the original pottery workshop as an artistic healing method. The floor is designed with flexible spaces suitable for lectures, art workshops, and various other purposes

Communal Space and Lounge Area


Second and Third Floor Details.

Multipurpose | Yoga Studio