A previously worn, empty space desperately needed some TLC to come close to being worthy of the patients’ strength and the staff’s dedication. Inspired by nature to provide a supportive and harmonious environment for patients and their families, key features of the revamp included a new condensed kitchen incorporating a computer table with power and data – essential for keeping in touch with friends and family, and bespoke screens to create distinct seating areas so different groups can enjoy the open lounge with a sense of privacy at the same time.
And because there’s little that makes a room look more institutionalised than stained, dog-eared A4 notices stuck to the wall, I created panels that act as both an attractive wall feature and a slat wall system to hold everything from brochures to those notices that would otherwise be stuck to the wall.
“I feel both uplifted and moved when I revisit this place. When I was designing this patient lounge it was so important to me to honour the needs of those who use it and are undergoing cancer treatment, their friends and family, the staff who provide an exceptional standard of care and those who generously fundraised for the sponsors, Dry July. When I’m there, I know I’ve done right by them. I’ve been told it is an ‘oasis of normality’ and I truly hope my work continues to provide a place of comfort and solace for them. I look forward to rolling out these designs to the waiting rooms when further funds become available.”
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