Train parked on station.


The arts and mental health are two aspects of the mind that work in conjunction with each other. The arts have the ability to allow people with a mental illness to express their emotions. Art is the key for self-expression. The art school is a treatment centre for individuals with a mental illness. A centre that allow patients to reintegrate into society, socially and culturally. The school will use art therapy, where patients are encouraged to participate in art lessons taught by students from universities and colleges who are studying in art, art therapy, psychology and nursing, giving students the experience. 

The art school/treatment centre is a mobile school that runs on the existing Sydney rail system. Students are picked up from their nearest stations, with mental patients already on board, allowing patients to slowly reintegrate back into society.

With the school/treatment centre travelling on the current Sydney rail network, speed variations are dependent on the train schedules. This can effect the way patients experience from the varying train speeds. The time intervals between train arrivals will control the types of activities for both patients and commuters. Longer gaps between train arrivals such as 30 minutes to 1 hour allow lessons in art, while
shorter intervals will have activities that can be attended for less than 30 minutes, such as quick craft lessons.

Trains that dock at stations are accessible by commuters allowing mental health patients the chance to interact with other people at a social and cultural level. The main station that the school can dock for of Sydney’s railway network, of Sydney’s railway network, trains that travel on the different railway lines intersect at Central Station. That is the school/ treatment facility is able to travel or is accessible by people all over the greater Sydney Metropolitan, Intercity areas and rural NSW.

There are three types mental health treatment facilities, which are the stationary clinics, intermediate structured care and the ambulatory care clinics. Each type deals with the different stages of an individuals mental health, whether patients are at a critical stage or at the less serious stages of the illness and are seeking rehabilitation and prevention. As each facility type objectives and treatment are different, programmatic selections, configurations and arrangements differ from each other.

Time is a major factor in the rehabilitation process. The time patients will stay at a treatment facility depends on the stage of their mental illness. As mentioned above there are 3 categories, with 6 different types of train arrangements for the different treatments. The carriages can be removed and/or replaced depending on the patients treatment and will be transformed to the relevant facility type.

Project Year // 2014

Studio // Building on the Thinkbelt

Studio Tutor // ‎Amelia Holliday & Isabelle Toland

Internal view of office carriage.

Internal view of workshop/studio carriage.

Plan and section.

Short sections.

Maximum dimensions of carriage.

Maximum dimensions of carriage.


Test potentials of expansion options of carriage.

Program and Time - depending on the treatment stage the arrangement of programs/carriages are varied.