Seattle Children's Hospital

Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments [Intro to 3-part series]

Seattle Children's Hospital art and wayfinding program (Studio SC)

Thanks to the growing use of evidence-based design in healthcare environments, elements such as natural light, views to nature and clear wayfinding are becoming the norm in hospitals and wellness centers. Art also has an important role to play in healthcare spaces—and in a three-part series, we explore its power in supporting wayfinding, creating a sense of place and easing stress for patients, families and staff. Explore Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments.

Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments, Part 1: Integrating Art and Wayfinding

Seattle Children's Hospital art and wayfinding program (Studio SC)

For Seattle Children’s Hospital, art is part of a formula that promotes wellbeing through architecture and interiors, green space and wayfinding. When the hospital opened a new wing in 2013, it was deemed critical to provide a wayfinding system that would help patients, families, visitors and staff find their way.

Studio SC

Studio SC (Seattle) designed a wayfinding master plan for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The overhaul affects the 24-acre campus and includes the new Building Hope cancer and critical care expansion. To redefine the hospital’s wayfinding experience, Studio SC created a comprehensive program with a new zoning strategy and signage system and collaborated with Lab Partners to create artwork that enhances the zone identification and reinforces the wayfinding program.

Studio SC

Studio SC (Seattle) recently installed and tested prototype signage at Seattle Children’s Hospital for its Building Hope expansion and campus master plan. The signs, fabricated by Image Mill, were tested for legibility, color, consistency, size, cap height, and clarity. Placing these prototypes in a low-traffic area of the hospital allowed the design team and owner to see how the signs looked at full size in the environment, and also gave patient-families an opportunity to experience the new wayfinding program and offer feedback.

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