Originally Posted by MrMojoRisin
I would agree with you. I thought the same thing about the place for years but not once (surprisingly enough) did I ever associate it with something paranormal. I always just thought it was because of the way the place was built and designed. I also wasn't aware it had been a hospital or had a wing featuring an asylum. Didn't have a clue until recently.
Anyway, I've always had a very 'heavy', constricted feeling inside the place, from the whole first floor (as you said yourself) over to the jacks area down the corridor. Same thing inside in Boots and Waterstones as well. Basically, as soon as you get up to the first level of the centre after going on the escalator, it hits you, albeit in a subtle, gradual way.
The longer I have to spend time inside in that place, the more jaded I am by the time I go outside again. It's a different story with the likes of Stephen's Green and other centres I've been to though.
Someone mentioned the nearby Marks&Spencer on this thread as well and I've found that place has a similar atmosphere, although it's 'darker'.
Make of it what you will, but those are just my own thoughts on the buildings.
This just about exactly sums up my feelings on the place as well - I'd add that the upper floor of Waterstones also has a strangely unwelcoming feel, usually I can spend hours browsing bookshops but in there I just feel heavy and uncomfortable and want to get out into fresh air asap.
As an architect I'm well aware of the psychological effects of poorly designed buildings which the Jervis Centre is a prime example of - almost zero natural light and the convoluted circulation being it's worst failings. However I'm also a believer that places can have certain energies imbued by past uses that can either be counteracted or amplified by the current use. That particular area of the centre I always find to be filled with stress, people moving in all directions and getting in each others way due to the badly designed escalators. Maybe its possible that this current negative energy somehow amplifies any that is already within the structure.
All a bit mumbo - jumbo I know but I can think of many different buildings, often built on the site of or into the shell of buildings like hospitals or churches that have similar feels. The best example I can think of is an art gallery and cinema in Dundee where I used to be a student. I worked there as an usher and caretaker and the number of strange noises, fleeting visions in darkened cinemas, inexplicable events like projectors turning on by themselves or equipment breaking was ridiculous. The lift had a nasty habit of freefalling between floors no matter how many times it would be repaired or serviced. There was a warren of escape corridors that had to be checked every evening before closing, an experience that used to reduce people to quivering wrecks, including myself on occasion - just a sense of rising panic the further from "safety" you got.
The weirdest and most unnerving thing was people, including myself, hearing loud wheezing, breathing noises in the basement corridors that rationally we thought must be coming from the air conditioning system but which couldnt be explained. It turned out that the cinemas were built up against the ruins of an old cholera hospital, indeed the architect had actually left fragments of the walls visible in the basement plant room.
Sounds to me like the Jervis Centre and surrounding buildings might have similar echoes from the sites past uses bouncing around the place...