Transformative healthcare interiors that blend creativity and functionality

Transformative healthcare interiors that blend creativity and functionality

This week we are spotlighting the visionary work of registered members who are reshaping the landscape of medical facilities. From ergonomic furniture and barrier free and accessibility considerations to soothing color palettes and inclusive spaces, join us as we explore how design thinking is transforming healthcare interiors into havens of healing on this World Health Day.

From bustling hospitals to serene clinics, the spaces where healthcare is delivered play a significant role in patient comfort, staff morale, and overall healing. Interior Designers are revolutionizing healthcare spaces, blending creativity with functionality to craft environments that promote wellness and healing.

Creativity is a healing force at Marnie’s Studio, SickKids

A padded orange alcove provides a seating nook next to a blue, orange and yellow linear graphic on the wall.

The Marnie's Studio project at Sick Kids Hospital transformed the existing Bear Theater into a multi-purpose art and performance space. The original theatre space resembled a forest with dark colours, murals of forest scenes, and heavy dark drapes that kept daylight out.

Interior Designer: Andrea Langham, ARIDO
Design Firm: Parkin Architects Limited
Project Photographer: Richard Johnson

View the full project here.

ARIDO Award: Institute for Specialized Medicine & Intervention (ISMI)

The Institute for Specialized Medicine and Intervention provides people underserved by the medical community—women, trans and pediatric patients—with compassionate, state-of-the-art treatment. It was important to establish a sense of control for clients in the space, and the exam rooms are designed with adjustable lighting, individual climate control, and elevated finishes to create a therapeutic, rather than medical atmosphere.

Interior Designers: Sara Dagovic, ARIDO; Allison King, ARIDO
Design Team: Susan Chang, ARIDO; Rowena Au Yeung, ARIDO
Design Firm: HOK
Photographer: Langlois Photo

View the full project here.

Community is the healing force in this rehab transitional residence

A room for gathering and socializing with comfortable sofa and warm yellow lounge chairs

CONNECT Communities  is a transitional residence near Hamilton, ON for those recovering from a stroke or acquired brain injuries. Built off their client’s Life Redesign Model, the design team were asked to design a space that resembled a residence more than a medical facility. Their strategy was to create a place for inclusion and seclusion, allowing people to heal within a community of others along the same journey in a comfortable and pleasant environment.

Interior Designer: Patty Clydesdale, ARIDO
Design Firm: DPAI Architecture Inc.
Photographer: Michael Muraz

View the full project here.

The medicine wheel is a motif in the design of this Health Centre

Tall timber columns and beams welcome everyone into the health centre with a large octagonal skylight at the centre.

The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre is a hospital built in Sioux Lookout in 2012, and serves a population spread over a large geographical area. Health Centre clients come from 29 First Nations communities spread across Northern Ontario, as well as Sioux Lookout, where there is a non‐Indigenous population with its own rich culture.

With a First Nations associate architect guiding the design team, many important aspects of Indigenous culture were incorporated in the planning and design of the facility. 

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
Interior Designer: Taeko Rhodes, ARIDO
Design Team: Ena Kenny, ARIDO
Design Firm: Stantec Architecture
Project Joint Venture: Douglas Cardinal, Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc
Project Photographer: Richard Johnson

View full project here.

Designing healthcare spaces for kids: Introducing a sense of exploration and curiosity

A boy plays with letters on a magnetic wall at the SickKids PlayPark with curved wall columns that resemble trees. Support beams are surounded by green organic forms at their tops to resemble trees with leaves.

What’s it like to design a healthcare space for children? Is it possible to infuse that space with imagination and whimsy, while simultaneously following the practical rules of a healthcare setting, such as infection control, times of operation, and safety? These are the questions that inspired Stantec’s designers to take a unique approach to the redesign of the Women’s Auxiliary Volunteers (WAV) PlayPark at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. 

Interior Designer: Laurena Clark, ARIDO
Design Firm: Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Photographer: Richard Johnson

View the full project here.

More healthcare articles are available on BLOG//ARIDO under the healthcare section.


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