Project type: Health Care


Location: Charité, Berlin, Germany


Time: 2013


Status: Ongoing Research Project


In Collaboration with Charité, Charité CFM Facility Management and Art+com supported by BMWi


Photos: Tobias Hein

From hospital to hospitality: Perception based architecture for contemporary health care design


The aim of the project “Parametric spatial design” is the development of an intensive care unit that supports the healing process of the patients. Our research includes aspects such as room acoustics (reducing noise of alarms and signals) as well as temperature control and all visual aspects of stress-reducing factors (such as materials, light, color and media surfaces).


The central component of our interior concept is a purpose-built interface: The surface will be controlled by physicians and health care professionals as well as the patient, who can also personalize the content. In addition to that, the interface will be adjusted automatically taking into account environmental parameters and vital signs of the patient. The design of the interactive intensive care room also assures the disappearance of medical equipment and all related components within a modular wall system situated in the patient’s back and head region while maintaining readability of the measured data and easy access to all devices. Also the acoustic stress will be reduced significantly and the climatic conditions will be improved.


The research project started in 2012 with completion of two ICU rooms in 2013. The performance of interactive parametric spatial design will be verified through the systematic evaluation of all the relevant indicators. The project “Parametric spatial design” is being developed in collaboration with Charité, Charité CFM Facility Management and Art + Com.