The Transformer

The transformer apartment is created to help trauma survior who is suffering PTSD to gain a sense of control and new experience by implementing convertible furniture.

Why create supportive housing for Trauma surviors?

Due to trauma, PTSD sufferers frequently experience anxiety and a continuous sense of threat.”Everyone who has been through a trauma is afraid it will happen again,” says Debra Borys, Ph.D., a practicing psychologist in Los Angeles. Therefore, we should create housing and offer surviors a safe setting in which to feel comfortable and help them overcome PTSD.

In this design, I incorporate the Trauma-Informed design.

  • Colour psychology influences interior finishes, so neutral colours like white and beige are recommended for a calming environment, while sharp color should be avoided.
  • TID encourage us to implement biophilic design uses plantation, and nature views to reduce stress and promote calmness. Plantation in settings reduces stress, promotes peace, and enhances self-esteem.
  • TID recommends trauma-informed environments to use Warmer lighting, ideally between 2700 and 3500 Kelvins, is more reminiscent of household situations and aids relaxation.
  • JIG architect and TID suggest that transformable furniture can enhance PTSD patients’ independence and control, as gaining control and empowerment is crucial for recovery. It also allows residents to gain a new experience.


I have the sleep/wake and relaxation area closest to the window because that’s where the user be spending most of their time. On the other hand, A 2010 study surveyed 16 combat veterans who returned from service with combat-related PTSD symptoms. The study found that those who received bright light therapy experienced significant decreases in sleep disturbances, depressive symptoms, and PTSD symptoms. This shows how important light is for people with PTSD.


Transformable Furniture:

Mood Board: