Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Bio Quarter is a centre of excellence in life sciences with a strong emphasis on the civic quality of design. Sonnemann Toon Architects developed the interior design and wayfinding strategy for their new Eye Pavilion. Ophthalmological patients of this unique specialist clinic have impaired vision and complex health needs, often living with hereditary conditions, and so their relationship with the clinic is a close and long term one. The design approach was both analytical and creative, embedding the complex requirements in an interior design proposal that feels fresh, simple and safe to navigate. Circulation routes embrace the central courtyard garden, with seating niches and the cafe overlooking this safely enclosed outdoor space, ensuring the visitors are able to navigate the facility even when enjoying the fresh air outside. A palette of natural finishes, featuring timber for warmth and texture, is enriched with green - selected to be distinguishable regardless of the condition-specific eye-sight deterioration pattern.