We have started seeing inspiring examples this year of how a clinical environment could look less anonymous and more comforting and how caregiving and design can go hand in hand. Adding surface design and color are two main ingredients to give more joy and personality to the architectural and design work, and thus benefit caregivers and patients.
At Domstate Zorghotel, located in Utrecht (Netherlands), the idea of a hotel feeling was the starting point to design facilities with the luxury, tranquility, and comfort of a four-star hotel.
Rehabilitation and recovery are more pleasant and better in comfortable accommodation, where the guest has a high degree of freedom of choice and privacy. However, this does not mean that the guest can sit back and relax. Under the motto ‘rehabilitation is a top sport,’ the guest is challenged to get further than he might think.
Experts in concept development, product and spatial design, Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe created a different color scheme for each floor of rooms to add a stimulating experience. 84 hotel rooms, a restaurant, various treatment rooms, and offices are the award-winning result of a design concept where the environment contributes to recovery.