Can better buildings make you feel better?
Each day millions of people enter hospitals, surgeries, patients’ and doctors’ rooms by a DORMA door, without realizing it. For one simple reason: At DORMA we never stop working to make the lives of our customers and users as easy and as hassle-free as we possibly can. Barrier-free access, efficient circulation and maximum safety are the promises of our sustainable system solutions designed for the healthcare sector.
Architecture and design can promote the healing process by giving patients a psychological and physical lift. In the competition between hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, the wellbeing factor is playing an ever more important role. Healthcare buildings need to actively contribute to the healing process by relaxing and reinvigorating patients. New knowledge and ideas are adding new impetus to spatial design practice. Daylight revives and motivates, colors stimulate, modern design conveys competence and know-how. Two examples exemplify the trend:
The design concept implemented in Liv Hospital Ulus in Istanbul is aligned to mobilizing the self-healing forces inherent in the human body. Perfection in form and function: ES 400 sliding door operator from DORMA. Architectural concept: FOM Group Architects. Interior Design: ZOOM Architecture.
ES 400 automatic sliding door, Liv Hospital Ulus, Turkey
Architects Uta Cossmann and Claudia de Bruyn designed this doctor’s surgery in Düsseldorf, Germany, with a mix of wood, aluminum and satinized acrylic glass. MANET single-point fixings provide an additional visual highlight, imparting to the glass door a particularly attractive appearance.
MANET as a prominent design feature – doctor’s surgery in Düsseldorf, Germany
Even at the planning phase of healthcare facilities, it is essential that all factors be taken into account that may influence the natural and manmade environment in which patients find themselves – from geological distortions in the site’s foundation soil to electromagnetic radiation produced by daily examination. A holistic approach adopted by all those involved in the building’s construction and interior design is an essential prerequisite for sustainable architecture. The DORMA Project Consultancy team is able to provide comprehensive assistance with all planning work involving partitioning, access and door control.
Aligned to the wellbeing of patients, hospital personnel and visitors, the new National Heart Center in Singapore offers numerous outstanding design features. The open, light-flooded architecture directs the eye toward the exterior landscaping, offering green yards and roof gardens as oases of calm for both body and soul. Broadway Malyan Architects developed the concept in collaboration with the Health Ministry, and supported by the Ong & Ong architectural partnership.