Integrating art, healing and wayfinding

A boy sits on a chair and in front of him is a giant heart shaped apple sculpture with red hearts and other bright colours on it.Healthcare environments are under the design microscope now that there is a growing body of evidence to show how design is linked to well-being. The SEGD website has three interesting examples showing how art reduces stress for everyone, including staff, and improved clinical outcomes. The design project manager for the Seattle Children’s Hospital said, “It’s important to understand that hospital environments are places where people live”. The three examples are:

  1. Integrating Art and Wayfinding: Seattle Children’s Hospital
  2. Community and Storytelling: Antelope Valley Medical Center
  3. Empathy and Engagement: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital