Illness, fear of the unknown, and the anticipation of pain can increase stress and anxiety. The healthcare environment can host, magnify, and even create additional sources of stress.
A design goal for TriHealth, Harold M. and Eugenia S. Thomas Comprehensive Care Center was to create places for respite and healing. Wherever possible, architecture connects people to the healing power of nature by creating exterior terraces and gardens and crafting intentional access to natural light and views. However, some specialized areas – like an MRI suite – don’t allow this direct connection to nature. Having an MRI test can provoke anxiety: it’s performed in a darkened room where the patient must lay still, alone, with a massive machine that makes unnatural clicking noises while performing the scan. Surrounding the machine with a lighting feature like the Vapor® panel from NOWN (customized for the MRI environment) creates a dappled light effect through an interplay of light and shadow to let patients lose themselves in a sensory experience. Used this way, the lighting creates a positive distraction during a stressful time.
- Location: Cincinnati, OH
- Architect: GBBN Architects – Cincinnati
- Installer: The F. D. Lawrence Electric Company