National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis

New York, NY

New, enlarged treatment facilities for NPAP to expand their capacity for on-site training. Alspector Architecture transformed an oddly shaped dimly lit, industrial building's ground floor and cellar into 15 treatment rooms, offices, library, and divisible lecture hall. The architects modulated lighting, soffits, color and geometry to maintain the anonymity of patients while creating spatial variety, enhancing human scale and visually enriching the space. Because of the traditional reclining position for psychoanalysis, all lighting in treatment rooms was designed to be indirect. Similarly, spatial extension as well as stasis provided the needed "psychic space" to facilitate the analytic process.