Architecture as 2nd body - a new typology

SUPPORTIVE DESIGN CRITERIA FOR CANCER CARE AND CURE CENTERS
SUPPORTIVE DESIGN KRITERIEN FÜR ONKOLOGISCHE UND PSYCHO-ONKOLOGISCHE VERSORGUNGSZENTREN

 
 

 

 

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Competent and compassionate care is the standard for patients who come to a hospital's oncology unit or any other medical and paramedical cancer care. But the environment in which cancer patients are treated is still unacceptable at many of these places. We know, that especially patients with a life-threatening illness have special demands for a warm, protecting and supportive space.
According to this knowledge and more than five years of studying cancer patients' spatial perception and needs, kopvol developed supportive design strategies for Cancer Care and Cure Centers. These strategies incorporate evidence-based design criteria that are acknowledged for improving wellbeing, quality of life and reducing distress in cancer patients.
These criteria relate to spaciousness, lighting, colors, forms, function, texture, materials and even smell. They have been developed throughout intensive studies that kopvol executed since 2006 (kopvol research section).

 

The kopvol supportive design criteria were already applied in several projects:

renovation of a historical building for a new Psycho-Oncology Therapy Center in the centre of Leiden (Le Shan Stichting), design of a Psycho-Oncology Center of Excellence (University Hospital Munich), design of a new Psychotherapy Center in Bilthoven (Helen Dowling Institute), design competition of a national children's oncology centre (Atelier Pro), prototype for a cancer care and cure center (kopvol - architecture & psychology), design of a new chemotherapy unit (Oncology Center at the University Hospital of Maastricht).

 

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