Time: 4 month
Tools: Research, Rhinoceros, Keyshot, Photoshop, Illustrator, Modeling,
Milling, 3D Printing, Vacuum Forming, Soldering, Concept Development
Team: Sarah Langerfeldt
Task: Self-Chosen Topic: Hospital Corridors
Faculty: Prof. Frank Georg Zebner
We created a new ceiling lightening system with a cloud association to break out the monotony and allow patients being transported in a laying position to orientate themselves within the hospital. Certain sizes and arrangements of light sails communicate entries to patient rooms and crossroads.
The hand rail is placed in a wall hollow to prevent collisions and injuries. It became the focus of the hallway through the hollow. Simultaneously the handrail being sunk in the wall blends into the background. The shape and angle of the hand rail provide the patients with an optimum grip and stability.
The guard gives patients placed in the corridor some privacy and protects them from looks and noise.
The collision protection primarily serves the protection of the wall, but also functions as a shock absorber for the patient's bed through an innovative spacer.
To begin with, we visited several public buildings (schools, museums, hospitals and offices) to get a better feeling and understanding of the interior design and how different elements effect our feelings and emotions. We searched for commonalities and differences to find characteristics for each specific type of building. We also talked to nurses and and followed their routine.
We very quickly started choosing some elements that were of interest for us and prototyped first ideas in 1:1 scale as well as in 1:10 scale. Besides the physical prototyping for all elements, we experimented a lot with light and LEDs . We experimented with LEDs and different defusing materials to create an indirect light that would not blind a patient being transported through the hallway laying. All these tests with plenty materials took place in a small box to see how light behaves, which atmosphere it creates and how it feels.