Below is an inspiring perspective on how architecture can play a part in a healing environment, written by DP6, a Dutch architectural firm from Delft.
The extent to which a building can speed up a patient’s recovery is anybody’s guess, but based on our experience, we think that the right surroundings can contribute significantly to the state of health of its users. In days gone by, healthcare buildings often were separate worlds focused on functionality, mostly as dictated by the healthcare process rather than by the requirements of patients or occupants. New healthcare buildings too need to support a highly effective and stimulating work environment as well as state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure, but we think the focus should be on the building’s occupants or patients. In our vision, architecture can be a powerful instrument to help make a stay agreeable, and perhaps even to speed up recovery and development.
We need to strike the right balance between a sense of peace and quiet, privacy and security on the one hand, and stimuli and challenges on the other. A well-designed spatial structure with clear routing, layout and views, with sufficient area for exercise and leisure, room for privacy as well as meeting places, and access to, or at least visual contact with, nature. An environment that enables patients to make their own choices and that lets loved ones be nearby. The ability to cope and the desire to remain independent for longer in life are essential. Design tools such as spatial quality, routing, views, daylight, natural materials, sight lines for everybody (including small children and bedridden patients), shapes, colours, textures, smells and sound are some of the ingredients that help create a pleasant healthcare building.
Below is the link to the article on the website of DP6:
( DP6. (n.d.). Healthcare architecture: a powerful instrument to create a comfortable environment. Retrieved from http://www.dp6.nl/en/visie/zorgarchitectuur-een-krachtig-instrument-voor-een-aangename-omgeving )