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.
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.
Showing the Way at SEGD's 2015 Wayfinding Workshop
Wayfinding is not just about getting from here to there. It's about experiencing all the great things in between, and creating a memorable sense of place in the process. Whether it's for a city, a campus, or a healthcare facility, wayfinding can provide an excellent opportunity to tell stories and shape place. Mark Sandersand Billy Chenof Studio SC (Seattle) and Julie Vogel(Kate Keating Associates) will show you how April 23 at the SEGD Wayfinding Workshopin San Francisco. Register now; there are just a few seats left!
A “drawer full of knowledge” metaphorically describes the building design and wayfinding concept for the new Vancouver Community Library. A 200-foot long, four-story atrium is the open drawer, exposing the library’s contents and encouraging exploration.
Mayer/Reed (wayfinding), Miller Hull Partnership (architecture), AldrichPears Associates (interpretive installation)