Nominee

EKH CHILDREN HOSPITAL, Samut Sakhon, Thailand

Designed by: IF (Integrated Field)
For client: Ekachai Hospital Floor area: 6000.00 M² Year of completion: 2019
Submitted for: Healthcare Centre of the Year


Public Score
2.54
2.60 Function
2.47 Innovation
2.56 Creativity
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The children dimension is created using various physical shapes, colors and symbols materialized from the design language that is made up of delicately curved lines and deliberately avoids the perfect geometric forms.

About the Project

For the kids, luxury isn’t something that can comfort them from the pain, fear for needles or bitterness of medicine. We, therefore, look for the things that will bring them happiness throughout their experience at the hospital. With the children’s mindset, we discover that ‘fun’ is what every child instinctively looks for. Despite their different backgrounds, all kids want to live their lives looking for something fun to do. Using this element of ‘fun’ as the key becomes a great challenge considering how we have to approach the design from the perspective of a child while constantly reminding ourselves that we would actually have to make a hospital a ‘fun’ place.

Besides giant slider situated at the front of the entrance hall. The waiting area of each clinic is designed into a playground. The program also includes indoor swimming pool that has a bunch of artificial clouds floating atop.

The hospital offers four room types, each room is decorated in a different color and installed above the bed is a glow-in-the-dark constellation with a customized lamp to provide both a standard lighting and the level of illumination that is suitable for a good night’s sleep.

What’s unique about it

Hospital is considered one of the most complex architectural project, with many regulations that limiting the design and many involved parties that create difficulties for the co-operation. Therefore, to create the design that reach the vision of the designer, it requires effort and teamwork.

In Thailand, commercial healthcare and tourism healthcare are the big issues. Many hospitals are responding by coming up with luxury design to attract the clients, yet not the patients. In many cases, children are treated in the place where terrifying them and make them growing up with bad experience toward doctors, hospitals and healthcare activities, which ruins their healthy behavior.

In this project, we design with the mindset that this is a hospital for kids, not just the parents who bring them there. ‘children dimensions’ are the term we use to define the scale, shape, form, and color in the space, along with some childhood imagination. Also, we introduce a new dialogue in the waiting area where parents can observe their kids playing during the wait in the warm atmosphere with less direct light.

With these approaches, we create space where children can be enjoy the hospital experience which planting them the healthy behavior.

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The hospital offers four room types, categorized not as a standard, special or suite room, but in the friendlier names of Whale, Turtle, Lion and Rabbit Constellation. Each room is decorated in a different color and installed above the bed is a glow-in-th

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© Ketsiree Wongwan

The hospital offers four room types, categorized not as a standard, special or suite room, but in the friendlier names of Whale, Turtle, Lion and Rabbit Constellation. Each room is decorated in a different color and installed above the bed is a glow-in-th

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© Ketsiree Wongwan

The hospital offers four room types, categorized not as a standard, special or suite room, but in the friendlier names of Whale, Turtle, Lion and Rabbit Constellation. Each room is decorated in a different color and installed above the bed is a glow-in-th

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© Ketsiree Wongwan

Designing EKH CHILDREN HOSPITAL, IF use the element of ‘fun’ as the key approaching the design from the perspective of a child. Such thought process leads to the design of a hospital with a giant slider situated right at the front of the entrance hall.

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© Ketsiree Wongwan

The children dimension is created using various physical shapes, colors and symbols materialized from the design language that is made up of delicately curved lines and deliberately avoids the perfect geometric forms.

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© Ketsiree Wongwan

A scenario is designed and constructed near the pharmacy counter as a part of the layout of the ‘waiting area’, which embraces the ‘play space’. The program enables interactions between parents and children while allowing the adults to watch over their li

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© Ketsiree Wongwan

A scenario is designed and constructed near the pharmacy counter as a part of the layout of the ‘waiting area’, which embraces the ‘play space’. The program enables interactions between parents and children while allowing the adults to watch over their li

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© Ketsiree Wongwan

Indoor swimming pool that has a bunch of artificial clouds floating atop.

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© Ketsiree Wongwan

Child Development Clinic

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Credits:
IF (Integrated Field Co.,Ltd.)

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