Design Engine Architects Ltd.

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Therapeutic Environment

Using familiar and non-institutional materials with cheerful and varied colours and textures

Opening up an inwardly directed environment with views of landscaped courtyards and other outdoor spaces, particularly from waiting spaces.

Keep in mind that some colours are inappropriate and can interfere with provider assessments of patient's pallor and skin tones, disorient older or impaired patients, or agitate patients, staff, and particularly some psychiatric patients.

Admitting ample natural light wherever feasible and using lighting in interior spaces, which closely approximates natural daylight

Promoting patient dignity and privacy by visual screening within exam rooms and sound insulation between exam and consultation rooms and other spaces

Encouraging patient independence by a patient-orientated layout, with clear and uncomplicated patient routes, visual cues, and clear signage

Providing quiet areas

Ensuring grades are flat enough to allow easy movement, and corridors are wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass easily

Ensuring entrance areas are designed to accommodate patients with slower adaptation rates to dark and light; marking glass walls and doors to make their presence obvious

Midlands GREEN PRINCIPLES - passive and active sustainable design principles integrated in new designs.

Achieving Accessibility through Universal Design Principles Equitable use Flexibility in use Simple and intuitive Perceptible information Tolerance for error Low physical effort Size and space for approach and use

Cleanliness and Sanitation The cleanliness of a facility is not only related to a patient's medical recovery, but can also affect the perceived level of care. To maintain a sanitary environment, Appropriate, durable finishes for each functional space. Antimicrobial surfaces might be considered for appropriate locations

spaces should be easy to clean and maintain

Proper detailing of such features as doorframes, casework, and finish transitions to avoid dirt-catching and hard-to-clean crevices and joints

Adequate and appropriately located housekeeping spaces

Security and Safety

In addition to general safety concerns of all buildings, clinics have several particular security concerns: Protection of clinic property and assets, including drugs Protection of patients, including incapacitated patients and staff Violent or unstable patients need to be controlled safely Easy to recognize, with a welcoming image and clear, appropriately located directional signage Easy to enter, with visible, well-identified entrance, and a clear route from parking Safety = security; safety = defensible space; safety = defensible space


Aesthetics are closely related to creating a therapeutic environment (homelike, attractive). Also, aesthetics are important to the clinic's public image and is thus an important marketing tool, both for patients and staff. Aesthetic considerations include: Increased use of natural light, natural materials, and textures Use of artwork Attention to detail, proportions, colour, and scale Bright, open, generously scaled public spaces Signage that promotes optimal way-finding, satisfies the orientation needs of the first-time patient, allows easy navigation, and provides highly visible reference points immediately adjacent to each major entrance