Issue No. 15
Design with Your Comfort in MindDate: January 12, 2012
The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s new 1.6-million-square-foot patient care buildings, opening in April 2012, will have landscaped gardens, an extensive and carefully selected art collection, and all-private patient rooms.
In planning the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, the architects, designers, doctors and nurses focused on comfort for patients and their families as a top priority, and the result is serene space with a clean, contemporary edge. Visitors will sense the design inspiration as they pass the gardens outside and enter the welcoming lobbies filled with natural light from the hospital’s new main entrance.
Design features to minimize noise include acoustical ceiling tiles and fabric-wrapped panels, rubber floors in the neonatal intensive care unit, and handheld mobile devices instead of an overhead paging system.
For more information about the healing environment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, visit explorehopkinshospital.org.