Case study: how design promotes health and well-being
How does architecture at the Princess Máxima Centre contribute to the How does architecture at the Princess Máxima Centre contribute to patients' recovery? What has a positive effect on the health and well-being of users here? Three examples of what works:
For the first time in the Netherlands, specialized care and scientific research for pediatric oncology have been brought together in one location. This collaboration has already significantly improved survival rates and quality of life for children with cancer. This synergy can be felt in the building itself, where, for example, the main route serves as a meeting place for healthcare professionals, patients, and their families.
How do you design a hospital that doesn't look and feel clinical? The result is a building that exudes optimism and offers a child-friendly environment. This is evident in the facade, where the white exterior is reminiscent of the coats of healthcare professionals, while the colored, vertical bands refer to the scientific research taking place inside. This facade attracts attention and is constantly changing.
This center features parent-child rooms with a balcony. It creates a home, so to speak; with its own room (plus facilities) for the sick child and with those of the parents next door. You can be there together, and seek quiet or privacy by closing the sliding wall. The design thus supports daily family life in a practical way. It also creates a homely atmosphere. This design thus encourages normal life.