Ouva, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford (LPCH) and Aesthetics, Inc. teams began discussions on designing an immersive, sensory learning environment for the new facility in 2014. The goal was to create a space intended to engage young patients and their families in a new 512,000 sf. facility. The motivation was to educate and delight patients in a special area of the lobby called the “Story Corner”. The “Story Corner communicates to families that this is a facility designed around their needs and one that delivers a one-of-a-kind patient experience. The multifunctional Story Corner was one of the many design elements that supported the goal of creating a facility designed around the needs of the patient and family, and one that delivers one of a kind patient experience.
The wayfinding theme for the new hospital is the California Ecosystem with its flora, fauna and natural treasures. The main entrance, lobby and Story Corner theme is the coastline and thus Ouva’s designs include the beach, ocean and kelp beds. Being a local company from San Francisco, the Ouva design team was ecstatic to take on such concept that is near and dear to their hearts. The immediate intent was to design an interactive, sensory experience that help patients appreciate and find joy in the rich biodiversity of the lush California coastline while promoting wellness. The design team decided on three different environments that cover the entire coastal life cycle: the coastline, the beach, and the underwater scene with kelp forest.
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