SABA Shorts: Design in Healthcare
Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings that respond to their surroundings and function as a unified organism in the landscape. A detailed study of any of his projects reveals a sequence deliberate visitor experiences from the outdoors to a sense of shelter, and frequently strong connections to a hearth or fireplace.
Wright used spatial concepts include changing volumes, a sense of shelter and place, and frequent opportunities to connect to nature, both visually and physically through specific design elements.
Decades later, Roger Ulrich explicitly built on this with focused studies on healthcare spaces, nature, and the impact on recovery. The basis is that well designed spaces with a connection to place and nature reduce stress and relax people and promote better outcomes.
Healthcare also consists of a sequence of experiences. Exceptional health care uses good design to organize a rational geometry to create wayfinding and a sense of place that result in an experience where the visitor feels a similar sense of comfort, shelter and connection to nature that Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings did.
Corridors that have access to daylight and visual objectives to nature and the outdoors are perceived as much more comfortable than similar lacking daylighting or vistas.
The common theme is deliberate design objectives for the sequence of spaces that is well thought out and enhances the patient experience.