Perkins + Will have employed evidence based design techniques to meet the heeling needs of the children at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Advanced Paediatric Care Pavilion. The building is divided into three distinct zones- family, patient and caregiver though all three flow together seamlessly. ‘Wonder Rooms’ throughout the hospital encourage children to take their minds away from their illness or injury allowing them to interact with tactile textured surfaces and other playful objects for a multi-sensory experience.
‘Citizens with the greatest need for comfort and reassurance are subjected to hostile-looking environments with none of the finesse and subtleties we would wish in order to provide convivial surroundings.’
A great article setting the benchmark for mental health facilities. It is rare to see pendants suspended in a mental health establishment so it is brilliant to see it done successfully. Pendants were designed to be soft and unbreakable with a diffuse shape, suspended from the ceiling using low tension nylon wire, which break easily with any weight placed on it, therefore obviating ligature risk.
We’ve all been there – crowded shops, bags of shopping and in need of a quite haven to escape to. Look no further than The Silence Room, by Alex Cochrane Architects designed for shoppers at London department store Selfridges to find peace and quiet amid the bustling emporium. Oak veneered modular benches, LED lighting and acoustic panelled walls have been used simply and effectively which we have no doubt will entice people back time and time again.