I have never thought it before. 

It was after attending to the #2JHUCI where I participated in Module 2: Technology, structure and humanization: are compatibles?.

And my respond is YES, for sure.

And it also begins to be already a reality. The new health spaces are projected by combining early technology, structure and humanization, as the new Hospital Royal Adelaide (RAH) of Australia.

Based on a project of construction with the most advanced in the world and focused on sustainability, they seek to improve the experience of the patient and the family during their stay in hospital providing professionals an optimal environment to develop their work.

The buildings that form the complex of the hospital are efficient and sustainable: they have been designed to optimize the light of the day through large windows and spaces glazed, by what besides the great benefit that supposed for all the people that are in the hospital to enjoy of it light natural and views, the consumption of energy is reduced as the demand of light artificial.

Design also has contemplated a good acoustic insulation: the glazing and the facade materials absorb the noise of helicopters arriving to the installations and trains that pass by, providing the necessary acoustic comfort.

Natural spaces are very important, and indoor and outdoor gardens have been built to disposal of patients, family and professionals because the contact with the nature relaxes us.

Privacy is basic for the patient and the 800 rooms are individual, each an of them with its own bathroom. You can enjoy in every room of fresh air and natural ventilation with windows for natural light and views of the river, parks and gardens of the Centre.

Beside the bed there is a device that allows patients to control entertainment systems. These devices can also be used by staff to access test results or make special requests for food for allergic patients or with special requests.

The family has an special area in the room, a space with bed and desk, so they can stay with the patient as comfortable as possible.

RAH has an advanced technology: electronic tags will allow staff to always know the location of the equipment. Thus its location will be known and they save time in the search. They will also be used to monitor patients at risk (such as mental patients, with alerts sent automatically to the security guards). 

Also they have automatic vehicles which distribute meals, lingerie, waste and medical equipment. 

In this video you can see the facilities and services offered by RAH:

We can see in RAH that technology, structure and humanization are compatible and necessary, but this combination should be thought since the beginning, when the spaces are projected, so that the result is functional and efficient. In this way on the basis of tangible will be much easier to be able to take care of the invisible.

Mónica Ferrero
Interior designer in Lab In Action