The transplant hospital of Fortaleza was created based on the need of a physical space for patient management through all phases. It was also designed to meet the demands of all metropolitan area of Fortaleza, in Brazil. The healthcare facility’s grid was created in 1,2mx1,2m modules and 80x40cm pilars every 7,2m in order to achieve better internal distribution as well as facilitate any future modifications. The main design challenge was to make it functional and to respect the differences in circulation paths. The units are divided in blocks to improve accesses of staff, patients and family. The furthest buildings are conected through a catwalk crossing the internal patio that provides natural lighting and ventilation to every building. Each inpatient floor has 18 standard rooms and 2 isolation rooms (for quarentine after organ transplant). There are two nurses stations easily identified by children because of its colors and design. The corridors have drawings on the floor to keep the children more focused on the “ride” than on the process its self. Along with the bright colored orange handrails with led lights behind it, illuminating the wall paper apllied on the lower part of the walls to maintain patients eyes busy while being transfered through the ward.
Color as therapeutic instrument - focus on pedriatic ward