UK design studio Helix is a collaboration between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College. HELIX is short for “Healthcare Innovation Exchange.” It’s an exploration into how design can transform health when it’s placed on the front line of the medical world – an acute general hospital in Europe’s busiest city. As part of London design week, they opened the doors to a small studio space within the walls of St. Mary’s Hospital. The idea is to foster design-based innovations through collaboration between patients, clinical staff, administrative staff, and their design team. At the moment, it looks like most of their projects are still in the early-phases, with nothing being fully implemented yet, but some (like Improving uptake in Bowel Cancer Screening) look super promising and refreshingly multidisciplinary!
Legendary interior designer Jamie Drake dabbled in healthcare design when he worked with Oncologist Scot Ackerman and his wife, Alexandra, to design the interiors of their brand new facility in Jacksonville, Florida. At the time of the commission it was called First Coast Oncology, but now seems to be called the Ackerman Cancer Center. Information about the project is scarce, and it is left off of Jamie Drake Design Associates online portfolio but I found the below images and am really excited to share! According to Interior Design magazine, Drake enjoyed the challenge of working in healthcare, saying “I dislike stagnation. I love challenges—branching out into health care stretches me and exposes my work to a new demographic.”
Illustrator and designer Nick Deakin took to the walls of 14 rooms at the eye department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the UK, aiming to add some spunk to the unit’s build environment. The colorful illustrated works transport patients from outer space to the park and the beach. Sometimes, they even serve a practical purpose, helping providers evaluate eye function.
Many Deakin’s artworks are the latest in a series commissioned for the hospital by Artfelt, an art-in-health branch of the Children’s Hospital Charity and form part of a wider plan to transform its patient spaces using art and design.
(Via Creative Review)
Studio Dental is a mobile dental practice that brings the dentist to you! Perhaps unsurprisingly, it launched in technology hotspot San Fransisco, and much of their marketing seems geared to employers who are always trying to out-amenity one another as they compete for the most talented employees. Founded by dentist, Sara Creighton, the practice lives in a 26-foot-long trailer designed by Montalba Architects that features a waiting area and two patient rooms. According to Studio Dental website “The practice delivers the full range of dental services to patients, but sets itself apart with technologies that streamline the process of going to the dentist. Patients schedule appointments online, receive a text reminder on the day of their appointment, and pay for services with a credit card.”
The design is beautiful, and the ceiling is particularly clever. According to the architect, David Montalba “Rather than opening the side panels to potentially unattractive exterior environments, such as urban parking lots, we decided to install skylights to capture diffused natural light and house TV monitors to help patients remain relaxed while looking up during procedures.”
The project was partly funded by an Indie GoGo campaign that raised $41,515 in just one month, perhaps making a mark as the first crowd sourced dental office in the US?
There’s a nice interview with Dr. Creighton over at Wake Forrest University (her alumnus) if you’d like to learn more about her own personal decision to start a mobile dental practive.
Hello there world. Long time no post. I’m going to try to be better about keeping this up.
Thomas Jefferson University launched a first-of-its kind “college within a college” to introduce medical students to design thinking. The Design Track includes modules like:
I’m excited to see what comes out of this course, and thrilled to see a traditional medical school so pointedly incorporating design within a more traditional curriculum.
(via Doctors Who Create)
In the last week three major new outlets have published detailed articles about arts, design, hospitals, and healing.
The next day, The Gaurdian UK published an opinion piece where, Jonathan Jones asks ” Isn’t there something patronising and untrue to the human condition in this urge to fill hospitals with jolly art?” and joins me in thinking there should be more to healthcare art then meandering nature photographs.
De Hogeweyk “Dementia Village” is a remarkably design-oriented facility for aging Dutch with advanced stage dementia. Located in the city of Weesp outside of Amsterdam, the facility houses around 150 residents in 23 small residential units with 6-7 dwellers per unit. Opened in 2012, the village strives to maintain a sense of normalcy for its residents and does so in large part through design. Caretakers wear street clothes. Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen’s master plan includes a Boulevard complete with grocery store, pub, restaurant, theater, and hairdresser. Particularly striking is the interior design throughout – there is no cookie cutter influence of a typical healthcare designer’s pragmatic please-everyone details. Instead, residents can pick from houses each decorated with a distinct and very residential feel designed to replicate a “genre” of lifestyle and create a link to the life they enjoyed outside of the village. These include homey, Christian, artisan, farming, “goois” or upperclass, Indonesian, and cultural. The restaurant and pub would not look out of place in downtown Amsterdam. The facility is owned and operated by a government-owned nursing home group called Vivium. There are also some good images available on the architecture blog Detail.
London based lighting designer Jason Bruges created the above interactive installation, made with over 72,000 LED lights embedded in a custom printed hospital-grade wallpaper, for a 165 ft long corridor leading to the operating rooms at the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
“The brief was to design and install a distraction artwork helping to create a calming yet engaging route that culminates in the patient’s arrival at the anesthetic room. Inspiration came from the idea of viewing the patient journey as a ‘Nature Trail’, where the hospital walls become the natural canvas, with digital look out points that reveal the various ‘forest creatures’, including horses, deer, hedgehogs, birds and frogs, to the passerby…. The LED panels are embedded into the wall surface at various heights in order to be accessible to the eye levels and positions of patients traveling along the corridors. Across these digital surfaces abstracted ‘animal movements’ are recreated as interactive animated patterns of light which reveal themselves through the trees & foliage of the forest.”
One of Sol LeWitt’s iconic wall drawings (#972) is on a 25 year long-term loan installed in a prominent corridor between the two main entrances of of the Einstein Medical Center in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Einstein HealthCare Network President and Chief Executive Officer Barry R. Freedman was inspired after seeing a similar larger-scale loan at MASSMoCA, and connected to the LeWitt estate via a former patient and well-known modern art collector. The 154 foot long wall drawing opened last fall after 27 days of installation by four local artists and two artist representatives from the LeWitt estate, executing the instructions left by the artist. The hospital’s own funds were off-limits to fund the piece, so its presence is thanks to a donation from the LeWitt estate. The particular piece was selected by Anthony Sansotta, the artistic director of the estate. Freedman touts the “Bright. Uplifting, cheerful” nature of the piece and notes that it’s display in a public space allows access to a caliber of well-regarded art by major artists not generally seen in suburban healthcare facilities…per the hospital’s press release:
Hosting a piece of art by the father of Conceptual art is consistent with how we’re working to transform healthcare in the region,” says Freedman. “It also represents our outreach to the community — this is a famous work that is now accessible to anyone.”
A decade-long collaboration between two Italian non-profits, humanitarian architecture studio TAMassociati and medical NGO Emergency, has been recognized with the Stone Curry 2013 Design Prize, announced November 7th. Together, they have designed, built and staffed five healthcare facilities in Africa that have treated over 700,000 patients and an additional seven clinics in Italy. The facilities are conceptualized and designed to be sustainable, modern, and culturally sensitive buildings that allow healthcare to take place in safe and dignified environments nestled in dangerous and poverty-stricken landscapes.
The video is a must-watch. Here is a quote from TAMassociati co-founder Raul Pantaleo and a few screen shots from to pique your interest.
“To build an outstanding hospital in the heart of Africa has meaning. For us it was an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the profound sense of the word right, starting with the right to health…. But there should also be a reflection on the more ample front of rights, and particularly on the right to the environment, to what is beautiful, and to memory, as the necessary premises for a sustainable and pacific coexistence at local and global scales. With these principles in mind, we imagined the Salam Centre as a place that is hospitable, domestic, and beautiful, where the convalescent patient, almost always a victim of poverty and war, could feel what it’s like to receive treatment as a true subject of care, entitled to the fundamental rights that are too often denied on this continent.”