Vancouver healthcare facility designs healing environment with colorful graphics

March 1, 2018

The new Teck Acute Care center at the BC Children’s Hospital & BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre in Vancouver, Canada, was designed with colorful, geographically based graphics designed to create a warm environment for its patients, according to an article on the Healthcare Construction +Operations website.

The facility's designers used “regional cues”  such as animals and topography in the graphics to help provide context for children staying for extended periods.

The use of regional cues also promote biophilia — drawing connections to nature to promote healing. The imagery also creates improved wayfinding and stress-reduction.

The facility also has accessible gardens on levels five, six and eight that are intended to emphasize calmness and contemplation.

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