EKH CHILDREN HOSPITAL

IF (Integrated Field)

 

Interior architect: IF (Integrated Field Co.,Ltd.)
Other Collaborators
Architect: S:CSB Co.,Ltd
Landscape architect: S:CSB Co.,Ltd
Lighting designer: Nopporn Sakulwigitsinthu
Environmental graphic: IF (Integrated Field Co.,Ltd.)
Structural engineer: S:CSB Co.,Ltd
Electrical engineer: S:CSB Co.,Ltd
Sanitary engineer: S:CSB Co.,Ltd
Main contractor: Adisorn Construction Co.,Ltd
Interior contractor: Open Interior Co.,Ltd / Pansin Co.,Ltd
Signage contractor: D.R.Advertising Co.,Ltd
Photographer: Ketsiree Wongwan

Recognizing that hospitals can be such uncomfortable places for adults to visit, medical institutions presently are created more pleasant and welcoming environments. We therefore explored what might be possible to do the same for children. With children’s mindset, design approach of EKH CHILDREN HOSPITAL is to make the project a ‘fun’ place by incorporating many components of playground design.

We use many elements as giant slider situated right at the front of the entrance hall, transforming waiting area of each clinic into a playground, indoor swimming pool with bunch of artificial clouds floating atop. In addition, children dimension is created by using various physical shapes, colors and symbols materialized from design language that is made up of delicately curved lines and deliberately avoids the perfect geometric forms.

Furniture is also generated with the sizes calculated to correspond with children’s body proportion, creating a built environment that truly accommodates children’s behaviors and preferences. The pastel color tone is employed to encourage children’s use of imagination. Indirect light with all the hallways of the hospital is installed in order to ensure that young patients won’t be disturbed by discomfort of excessive brightness.

The hospital offers four room types with friendly names of Whale, Turtle, Lion and Rabbit Constellation. Each room is decorated in a different color and installed above the bed is a glow-in-the-dark constellation with a customized lamp to provide both a standard lighting and level of illumination that is suitable for a good night’s sleep.

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