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Project type: Health Care


Location: Charité, Berlin, Germany


Time: 2014


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 design for contemporary health care


The ‘Parametric (Dream) Room Design’ project examines how the design of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) can be modified to benefit the process of recovery. The research project addressed stress-inducing factors such as room acoustics (reducing noise of alarms and signals), temperature regulation and visual aspects such as the materials, light, colour and media surfaces used.


The core component of the interior design concepts is a purpose-built interface: the surface can be controlled by doctors and health care professionals as well as by the patient who can also personalise the content. The interface adjusts automatically in response to ambient environmental parameters and the patient’s vital signs. The ICU design organises the medical equipment and related apparatus within a modular wall system located behind the patient and above his or her head while ensuring that measured data is still legible, and equipment is immediately accessible. Reducing the degree of audible signals and warnings also contributes to reducing stress. Lastly the indoor air climate is also improved.


The research project started in 2012 and two ICU rooms were completed in 2013 in collaboration with the Charité hospital in Berlin, the Charité’s facility management department and Art+Com. Through ongoing systematic evaluation of selected indicators, the performance of the interactive parametric spatial design is being monitored on an ongoing basis.