EKH Children Hospital / IF (Integrated Field)

Curated by Hana Abdel
HOSPITAL, HEALTHCARE INTERIORS • SAMUT SAKHON, THAILAND
Architects : IF (Integrated Field)
Area : 6000 m²
Year : 2019
Photographs : Ketsiree Wongwan
Manufacturers : Iris Ceramica, Resysta, BSG Glass, EDL, K2J, Nrdc, SKK

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Textual content description supplied by the architects. Design Philosophy: Enjoying is Therapeutic. Key Idea: ‘Youngsters Dimension’. A hospital is the sort of place most individuals would slightly keep away from as a lot as they will. We have now witnessed extra medical establishments’ try and create a extra nice and friendlier setting, some with the architecture and inside ornament which might be nearly equal to a shopping center or hi-end inns. If such constructed setting could make the sensation of going to a hospital for us adults extra tolerable someway, what concerning the expertise of the little ones?

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For the children, luxurious isn’t one thing that may consolation them from the ache, concern for needles and even the bitterness of the drugs. We, due to this fact, search for the issues that can deliver them happiness all through their expertise on the hospital. With the kids’s mindset, we uncover that ‘enjoyable’ is what each baby instinctively seems to be for. Regardless of their totally different backgrounds, all youngsters need to reside their lives on the lookout for one thing enjoyable to do.

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Utilizing this aspect of ‘enjoyable’ as the important thing turns into a fantastic problem contemplating how we have now to method the design from the angle of a kid (which we, sadly, don’t have that a lot left) whereas continually reminding ourselves that we’d truly need to make a hospital a ‘enjoyable’ place. Such thought course of results in the design of a hospital with an enormous slider located proper on the entrance of the doorway corridor (think about being a child dreading going into the hospital, the slider will certainly make you cease crying). The ready space of every clinic is designed right into a playground, which turns into considerably a burden for the mother and father of getting to persuade the children to go away the hospital). This system additionally contains an indoor swimming pool that has a bunch of synthetic clouds floating atop.

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The youngsters dimension is created utilizing numerous bodily shapes, colours and symbols materialized from the design language that’s made up of delicately curved traces and intentionally avoids the right geometric kinds. The design renders the aesthetics, which reminisces the best way one continues drawing of a curved line with out specializing in whether or not it will likely be in a position to type an ideal circle or not, and it finally ends up bringing a way of freedom to the younger customers’ expertise of the area. These traces are fashioned into the arches constructed above the doorways and seating areas with the sizes calculated to correspond with youngsters’s physique proportion, making a constructed setting that really accommodates youngsters’s behaviors and preferences.

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The pastel coloration tone encourages the kids’s use of creativeness (as a child, all of us create our personal imaginary world after we are experiencing an area for the primary time). We imagine that youngsters will have the ability to benefit from the areas within the hospital in accordance with their very own private creativeness and individually develop an expertise by their interactions with the curated spatial program. A state of affairs is designed and constructed close to the pharmacy counter as part of the format of the ‘ready space’, which embraces the ‘play area’. This system permits interactions between mother and father and kids whereas permitting the adults to look at over their little ones through the wait.The usage of oblique gentle with all of the hallways of the hospital ensures that the younger sufferers gained’t be disturbed by the discomfort of extreme brightness.

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The hospital presents 4 room sorts, categorized not as a regular, particular or suite room, however within the friendlier names of Whale, Turtle, Lion and Rabbit Constellation. Every room is embellished in a special coloration and put in above the mattress is a glow-in-the-dark constellation with a custom-made lamp to offer each a regular lighting and the extent of illumination that’s appropriate for a great night time’s sleep. As we adults discover ourselves amazed if not a bit jealous by the mesmerizing selection and growth of youngsters’s toys and even snacks today, EKH Youngsters Hospital will change everybody’s notion about what the area of a youngsters’s hospital could be.