DENVER, Colo.— ArtHouse Design has begun work on a multi-level, interactive wall art installation for the elevator lobbies of the future Hale Family Clinical Building at Boston Children’s Hospital. The building is scheduled for completion in 2021 and occupancy in 2022.Following the success of its wayfinding, theming and donor signage program for Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, New York, ArtHouse will design a comprehensive experiential graphic design program, as well as oversee its fabrication and implementation, to deliver inventive, tactile solutions that:
foster a sense of wonder and engagement
are visually stimulating to a range of ages and cultures
intrigue first-time, long-term and lifelong visitors alike
are durable enough to withstand the intense stresses of a healthcare environment
The 11-story, 575,000-square-foot clinical building will include a NICU, with 30 beds replacing large open spaces with private rooms; a comprehensive and integrated five-floor heart center; all single patient rooms for the privacy, safety and comfort of patients and families; 10 new operating rooms, contiguous to 12 renovated operating rooms and more green and open space.
Collaborating with the Boston Children’s Creative Arts Program, patients, families and staff had an opportunity to review early design concepts and influence the look and feel of these custom-designed artworks.
ArtHouse’s experiential graphic design program will encompass a series of 40-foot-long, thematic walls on at least five of the building levels, next to elevator bays. Concepts based on Boston Children’s design direction include themes such as science and nature, ground to sky and macro/micro reminiscent of PBS’ Powers of 10 film by Charles and Ray Eames, which depicts the scale and magnitude of the universe.
In a similar vein, the design firm is using dynamic yet appropriate colors, sounds, icons and media to create layers of activities and games that still subtly help hospital visitors navigate the building. ArtHouse is blending technology with art to bring depth and energy to its designs, so children and families can explore and discover something different each visit.
Shepley Bulfinch is the architect of record; Suffolk Construction is serving as the general contractor.