Healthcare interior, private practice
When we were approached for the refurbishment of the existing private practice for diagnostic radiology, we were faced with a challenging location within the basement of a historic building. Characterized by narrow and dark spaces, most rooms offered no daylight and no direct reference to the outside world.
Our proposed solution resists the temptation to artificially reproduce these missing natural elements and instead pursues an honest approach to the given space. The result is a completely introverted interior accentuating artificiality in its forms, materials and lighting. The aim was to create a surreal, bright and open space hinting at the imaginative aesthetics of sci-fi spacecraft.
Dr. Tobias Schröter
LP 1-8 (preliminary design, concept design, technical documentation, bidding, construction supervision)
Adam Vukmanov Šimokov
Wavingwall panels form soft-shaded vertical lines, visually lifting the ceilingheight. Concealed linear lighting on the ceiling and floor intuitively guidesthe patients within the space while blurring the transitions between wall,ceiling and floor; The space-forming surfaces seem to be levitating apart makingthe spaces appear larger.
Themonochrome, hard and industrially manufactured wall coverings in the circulationzones, are contrasted by oak panelled walls, doors and handcrafted woodenfurniture. These warm and natural accents mark the arrival in waiting, changingand consultation areas.
Thesenumerous visual effects were not only applied to develop a more generous andinviting interior. They are also deliberately designed to counteract the fearand claustrophobia many patients associate with MRI sessions. Reflecting thesame notion, the MRI-tube was equipped with video projections that visually expandthe confined tube and distract the patients.
Followinga patient-centred approach, ancillary areas, such as the changing rooms forpatients and staff or even a restroom, were not neglected as important placesof shelter and psychologically significant moments in the treatment experience.
Thecentral anchor point of the practice is the sculptural reception counter. Inspiredby the process of MRI, scanning the structures of the human body layer bylayer, the counter consists of wooden fins creating animated silhouettes as theviewer moves through the space.