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ARCHITECTURE AS 2nd BODY_NL 2008- 2009
ARCHITECTUUR ALS 2e LICHAAM_NL 2008- 2009

 

 

designcriteria_healthcare design_research by design_kopvol

 

Architectural design of cancer care and cure centers
Architectuur van oncologische en psycho-oncologische zorginstellingen


Does a healing environment exist for cancer patients? How would an architectural design have to look like that effects cancer patients' wellbeing?
And how do cancer patients perceive their treatment environment, anyhow?

These questions were pivotal in the research by design project 'Architecture as 2nd body', in which kopvol visited 5 academic hospitals and 6 psychosocial institutes in the Netherlands and held intensive interviews with more than fifty experts.
The approach to combine two types of care buildings, the outpatient cancer clinic and the psychosocial care institution is based on the fact that the need for medical and psychosocial care of the cancer patient should not be separated, nor spatial, nor temporal. This is now the case in many countries.
The attempt to realize a visible and efficient connection of medical and psychosocial care in which architecture is an integral part of the care concept, resulted in a new typology of care buildings: the OPPO type.
In this new typology the ambulant medical program (OP) is combined with the psycho oncological program (OP) and is the new functional and spatial program defined by the patients’ coping with illness.
This architectonic typology takes into account the seven most important design criteria that influence cancer patients’ wellbeing.
These factors resulted from the scientific analysis of the interviews and of the mental maps of the participants.

 

download publication 'Layout 11' >>

 

Funding
The Netherlands Architecture Fund >>

 

Cooperation partners
Cora Honing, KWF Kankerbestrijding Amsterdam >>
Dr. Bram Kuiper, HDI Utrecht >>
Dr. Adriaan Visser, NVPO Amsterdam >>
Suzanne Tummers, Familiehuis DDH Rotterdam >>

 

More kopvol projects on 'architecture and cancer':
architectural design of doctors' offices >>
architectural design of private living space >>
architectural design of psychotherapeutic counseling rooms >>
building cancer patients' future >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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