Atlanta-based Stanley Beaman & Sears served as interior architect and environmental graphic designer for clinical spaces of the Battle Building at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital! This seven-floor 200,000 SF outpatient center uniquely serves children and families by gathering dozens of pediatric specialty clinics from across the region in a single location with the goal of streamlining the healing process for patients with complex medical cases. SBS endeavored to create a patient and family experience providing not only clinical excellence, but promoting healing through a high degree of personal comfort and positive distraction – a fun and beautiful place.
A primary project goal was to embed moments of surprise and delight throughout the facility, experiences to engage patients and families in positive, healing, and educational distraction. In response to the scholarly tradition and literary history at the very heart of the city of Charlottesville, as well as the university’s stalwart commitment to literacy, we chose to center our special features upon the theme of ‘Storytelling’. As content we chose to draw from the deep well of literature created specifically for youth, along with accompanying artwork, as a means by which visitors may enjoy a variety of wondrous journeys. Our ‘storytelling walls’ feature both classic and currently-published children’s book authors and illustrators, as well as a cross-section of literature of interest to youth ranging from the ages of 4-6 years, to adolescents, and even to teens.
Four feature walls were created, one per clinical floor located centrally within the waiting space of that particular floor’s specialty clinic. Each of the four locations focuses upon a particular nuance or category of children’s literature – Friendship, Imagination, Adventure, or Discovery. Each 7’ high by 20’ wide wall is composed of a series of triangular rotating drums, enabling it to be ever-changing and ever-engaging.
The first face of each rotating drum forms a mosaic featuring a larger-than-life children’s book illustration supporting that floor’s children’s literary category, like Chris Van Allsburg’s tumultuous Wreck of the Zephryr illustration representing Adventure, and Rafael Lopez’ whimsical Submarine painting representing Discovery.
The second face of each drum comprises five puzzle pieces featuring custom silhouettes for, and carefully selected excerpts from, five children’s books supporting that floor’s theme. For example, Sounder, Charlotte’s Web, The Giving Tree, Wind in the Willows, and Saving the World for the Friendship floor.
SBS created custom icons and chose fun sayings for the third face of each drum that played tongue-in-cheek with the 2nd face content, creating yet another layer of fun and discovery.
In addition to creating much of the custom artwork, SBS enjoyed working directly with many talented authors and illustrators in negotiation of usage rights for their work. SBS was also fortunate to work with syndicates and various ownership interests all over the world of various exciting brands. Over the course of several years, rights were obtained for such exciting titles as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and more!
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