Compassion in Action
Understanding children with disabilities, the CEO of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital envisioned a place where different providers could gather in one building with the primary goal of making life easier for the families of children with serious health problems. It was important, as part of the design process, for us to understand the challenges these children and families face. During our interviews, one comment really stood out. It was from a mother who said that whenever they approached a hospital, her child would start to cry. Because of her comment, we knew that Children’s Village needed to be a place that a child wants to go to, and delights in during their visit. This comment became the seed for the Children’s Village design concept. Working with the staff and providers, they also told us that when they asked a child to draw a place they would like to go to if they were sick, most children drew spaces that looked like their own homes. As we tried to capture the imagination and spirit of the children, we presented a wide range of sketch ideas ranging from a space ship to a castle. However, in keeping with the earlier comment, a sketch suggesting a small town gathering of buildings with wood siding and residential elements stood out as being a design that the children could identify with. The addition of texture, pattern, and color variation, was then used to create visual entertainment to help visitors become more comfortable and relaxed.
It was important that the design of the space fostered a sense of community and encouragement for families struggling with what it means to have a child with special needs. If you ask anyone that has used their services, you will get a similar response. Children’s Village has become a bright spot in their lives.
As soon as we started to drive into the hospital lot my son would start to cry. Now my son starts to cry when we need to leave Children’s Village
Patient Focused Care
Our goal is to develop design solutions that encourage the success of the client and their patients. We do that by using clear and thorough communication that helps us understand and identify the client’s goals and the patient’s needs.
On this project, our architectural and interior design goals were to design a space that was not only fascinating and enjoyable, but that could also become a place of comfort for children and the young of heart. By focusing on a wide range of colors, images and textures, we strove to create a magical experience for the user. That way, the experience of being there would help offset the stress and discomfort of being at a medical appointment. Children’s Village is a place where children like to be.