Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Expansion
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Aimed to inspire discovery and learning, the theme for this 4th floor inpatient expansion is “universe”. The theme was selected for its appeal to pediatric patients, as well as its ability to provide tangible positive motivation for patients to get well and then apply learnings/seek new discoveries in the outside world once discharged. Great Bear, Ursa Major, Pisces and other animal constellations cheerfully inhabit the corridors while star shaped iridescent materials, flooring and twinkling light ceiling elements provide a sense of wonder and delight. Within the space, digital media provides patients with opportunity learn about the universe, the constellations and gain inspiration from notable space explorers. Within the lobby, an interactive hands-free gaming system is staged within a space shuttle-like console that peers out onto planets and roaming space vehicles. Each nurse station, color coded to compliment the wayfinding system, includes a breathtaking mural with star filled sky. In front of each mural, hanging translucent glass orbs create an illusion of planets. Within the patient rooms, sky-like graphic ceiling tiles contain hidden objects providing a 'seek-n-find' game-like distraction for patients. Professional artwork throughout the unit also integrates in theme and color to support the overall concept of the space.