Building to heal: new architecture for hospitals


Thursday May 23, 2024

This exhibition showcases the rise and success of the concept of "healing architecture" in the design of hospitals. It is no longer solely about efficiency and functionality, but primarily about the well-being of patients, their families, and healthcare professionals. This approach is evident in the design of the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht.

Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology
How does architecture contribute to healing? The pediatric oncology center is equipped with parent-child rooms with balconies. This creates a sense of home, with a separate space for the sick child and adjacent space for the parents. It allows them to be together and seek tranquility or privacy by closing the sliding wall. The well-being of the child and the family is paramount. The design supports normal family life and encourages the social and physical development of the child during the period of illness.

The exhibition can be viewed until Sunday, September 7, 2024, at the Vorarlberger Architektur Institut (vai) in Dornbirn (AT). In addition to the Princess Máxima Center, twelve other international case studies are also presented here.

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