Our sources of inspiration include existing, innovative design theory and principles, and international facilities…

 

Healing architecture - Over the last decade, the healing properties of architecture has been a growing area of research in Sweden. There is a strong body of evidence to suggest a strong connection between the physical care environment and patient well-being and recovery. In psychiatry, where patients often undergo long-term admission, this issue is of great importance. Stefan Lundin is an architect at White Arkitekter. While researching his PhD at Chalmers University of Technology’s Centre for Healthcare, he observed a link between patient recovery and the built environment. At Sahlgrenska University Hospital Göteborg, the extent of coercive measures against patients, such as compulsory medication and restrictive belts, reduced significantly after moving to new purpose-built premises that were guided by evidence-based design principles.

 

The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse - an innovative, worlds’ best practice cancer hospital in Sydney, Australia built around holistic, patient-centred, compassionate care; where clinical practice is supported with complementary therapies. The building design is centred around a light-filled, multi-storey atrium - and it does not look or feel like a hospital. Emphasis has been placed on natural materials, wood, plants, light - and soft neutral fabrics for a comfortable and functional aesthetic. The architects, Rice Daubney, consulted with stakeholders (patients, carers & practitioners) in the design of the facility.

 

Maggie Centres - Maggie’s Centres are healing places dealing with Cancer; sociable spaces, within which visitors can be guided towards feelings of sanctuary. Alongside communal spaces designed for conversations about cancer with peers and professionals, Maggie’s Centres offer individuals places for emotional retreat, and the time to reflect upon a sense of self. Visitors reported that they used their centres in different ways and for different purposes; sometimes for sociability and peer support, and sometimes for emotional retreat or affective sanctuary. The buildings and gardens offer the flexibility of function that is an aspiration in each Maggie’s Centre (Jencks 2015, p.28-31).