The Baird Family Hospital, Aberdeen
The first hospital in the region which focuses on family health, offering reproductive, maternity and paediatric healthcare services under one roof. Sonnemann Toon Architects created the interior design and wayfinding strategy for this unique facility with the aim of making navigation simple and supporting the visitors in making themselves at home.
The concept is based on three styles, each providing the best environment for the type of healthcare provided within - from the traditional domestic feel of the midwifery unit and visitors hotel, through contemporary hospitality ambience of the wards through to modern clinical interiors of the operating theatres. The emphasis is on welcoming the entire family; bedrooms are equipped with window seats which convert into overnight beds for visitors. Each overnight space has a view out and at the heart of the hospital lies a glazed atrium providing social space and activity hub filled with natural light. Art themes reference local seasonal highland colours, echoing the circle of life.