Healing and safe environment-Part 2

Leading architects speak about their role in creating healing and safe environment

Florence Nightingale, Safe environment, Healing architecture, Mansi Shah, HM Architects, Physiological, Psychological health, N Praveen Kumar, Tru Designs, Healthcare sector, Vibrant environment

Saptak Patel
Saptak Patel Architects
In the late 1800s, Florence Nightingale said that the first principal requirement in a hospital is that it should do patients no harm. Mankind must make heaven before we can “go to heaven”, and do so in this world as in any other. She greatly emphasized the need for hospital designs with due importance accorded to daylight access, windows with views and natural ventilation. Over a century later, research has proved that improved healthcare is indeed the outcome when the outdoors are welcomed in. These long established traditions are springing forth in modern versions of healing architecture and interior environments.

In today’s times, healing architecture is focussed towards engaging the patients in the process of self-healing and recovery. Hence, the approach of modern-day healthcare architects is towards designing spaces that are more nurturing and therapeutic; this shall reduce the distress and stress that the patients and their family go through coping with the illness, hospitalization & medical visits. Healing architecture aims to eliminate environmental stress factors such as noise, lack of privacy, poor air and light quality. It encourages the sense of feeling at home in providing ample opportunities of social support by way of appropriate seating & overnight accommodation in patient rooms and in providing positive distractions through internet access and entertainment systems. Modern day research has proved that thoughtful architecture and design has a substantial impact on patient recovery resulting in shorter hospital stays, fewer infections and reduced pain, stress and trauma.

Mansi Shah
Co-founder & Principal Architect
HM Architects
While physical environment contributes immensely to physiological and psychological health and wellbeing of healthy human beings, the role of architecture (and interior design) becomes even more crucial in healthcare buildings where healing of patients is of utmost importance. Architects can create ambiences which can evoke emotions to support healing and provide a comforting and peaceful environment to patients, visitors as well as doctors and support staff by understanding their needs. Providing good daylight, connection with outdoor natural environment, soothing acoustic environment, etc. for regularly occupied areas is very important. The overall role of architecture is to absorb various complexities of hospital planning and provide a streamlined experience to all the users.

N Praveen Kumar
Principal Architect
Tru Designs
Healthcare sector for years was imagined to be pale and depressing, however over the year’s architects and designers are breaking the stereotypical approach to make it livelier.
To create a healing and safe environment we 1st concentrate on space planning. A well planned hospital reduces chaos and helps patients, visitors a hassle free stay/ check up. Apart from space planning we focus on colors keeping color theory in mind. Using the right color not only make the place look brighter but also provides a comforting feel to patients.

Energies and vibes of any place depend on the surroundings provided around you. Providing the best needed in the situation is the Architect’s job. In the field of healthcare, it is necessary to keep in mind the chaos created and suffering among the patients. Thus subtle colors and minimal design should be used for providing a vibrant environment.

Another important aspect is proper planning of placement of departments and the ways to each should be convenient and connected all the time to increasing working efficiency.