Hospitable, comfortable atmosphere
Besides being a medical scientific institute and treatment centre, Holland PTC is also a place of hope and sometimes disappointment for patients and their families. This means that the entrance and also the treatment rooms have to exude a hospitable, comfortable atmosphere where people can feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. “We want to give our patients and those who accompany them an experience that is as pleasant as possible. Alone or with family. In contact with others, or with more privacy. These different needs demand quite a lot from the interior and furniture.”
Holland PTC wanted to be sure that the furniture was comfortable and adequate in different ways. To this end, Holland PTC made various visits to surrounding companies and the hospital in Delft. “We experienced first-hand that Gispen furniture is more comfortable. Higher seats, seats that offer privacy, am extremely beautiful lounge sofa, pleasant dining chairs ... In a later stadium, we decided to ask Gispen to furnish the building.”
Smaller zones serving multiple functions
The preparations for the interior were carried out by MMEK. This firm designs care environments where patients are inspired and activated and where they retain their freedom of choice and autonomy. When MMEK started working on the Holland PTC project, they first designed different layout proposals for the reception area. The proton centre opted for a design with smaller zones that serve multiple functions, such as a reception area, waiting area, pantry and supplier desk.
A sense of security, privacy and distraction
In order to maintain unity within the reception area, we matched the furnishing with the sleek lines of the building and its pronounced and colourful style. We created a design that was based on these features, taking human interest and the visitors’ requirements into account. The applied materials and colours have a serene and warm look to them. Every functional zone has its own atmosphere, but in the same design language. According to Claire Knippenburg, account manager Healthcare, we distinguish three types of seating in this project: “The so-called train benches allow you to withdraw, with more privacy because of the high back. The lounge sofa is where visitors can find a homely atmosphere. The addition of Gispen Asido pouffes and Gispen Dukdalf side tables enforces the homely feeling of the zone. If visitors feel like reading or having a chat, they can pull up to the reading table using Hola chairs from Kusch & Co. Instead of reading, they can also use the touch screens to learn more about treatments and procedures. It is great that the interior and furniture has offered visitors and patients of Holland PTC a sense of security, privacy and distraction.”
Photography: Chris van Koeverden