ENVIRONMENTAL THEMES AND SEASONAL COLOURS
A comprehensive interior design was created for the complex spatial programme of the new main building A. Besides the so-called 'Bossche school' design which is so typical for Radboudumc, it subtly incorporates environmental themes and seasonal colours. For each of the nine floors, Gispen installed furniture that corresponds with the four seasons: blue, green, lilac and orange for winter, spring, summer and autumn, respectively. Sabine Gorter, Gispen account manager: “The materials and colours that were selected are a perfect match with the company colours and corporate style. In various areas we opted for furniture in basic colours that will suit any environment. Examples include the workstations with wooden desks, white cabinets and planters for the office area as well as white furniture items for the lounge areas.”
A SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP
We not only created a good match with the interior design in terms of colour and materials, we also reinterpreted a number of existing furniture designs: “We updated the patient chairs with a raised seat or with additional (raised) armrests, for example. We also made shape, material, size and assembly changes. Another good example is the LYNX chair by Casala, of which we changed the colour and the material of the shell; with a special wood veneer that is not in the Casala collection. I find it extraordinary that we managed to achieve all that with our partners.”
Another prime example of collaboration: “Together with our main upholsterer Havee Meubelen, we have developed a system that allows us to reupholster chairs efficiently on-site. This makes the custom-made coach seats even more sustainable.”
REMARKABLE AND TREND-BREAKING
We also implemented a number of changes and customisations for the benefit of the employees. “The consultation tables at the outpatient clinic have been equipped with adjustable monitor arms upon request. This optimises the eye contact between the patient and medical practitioner; there is no longer any need for a screen in between them. Gispen also fitted two monitors on adjustable monitor arms after a trial setup was tested by end users and the IT department.”
Sabine thinks the design of the Gispen ZINN office chairs is quite remarkable and trend-breaking. “The standard black office chair does not feature in the unique style and colour manual of Radboudumc. Therefore, we created a Gispen ZINN special boasting an aluminium five-star base, light-grey frame and brown upholstery of silicone leather. A very special look! I now also see other hospitals adopting this trend by no longer settling for just 'black' or 'standard'."
Also read our blog: 'RADBOUDUMC SETS SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR CLEANING AND DISINFECTION' for more information about the materials used in Radboudumc.
Photography: Chris van Koeverden