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Posted: 29th October 2013

This was a project I found a while ago, in Playful, Educational Spaces by Boex -  but thought I would give it it's own page.

This is another project by Boex and was for a dementia ward for the NHS. The colours are designed to give people with visual impairment the best contrast in order to distinguish from furniture and walls etc.

There is a sensory board as part of the decor - "A sensory board enables stimulation for patients and provokes interaction with staff and family. The board features inter-changeable panels that can be undated dependant on the patients background."

With this, I like the idea, that they can be changed and that it is bright colours.

It does feel a little high for everyone to reach (particularly if they are in a wheelchair perhaps) and quite geometrically set out. In some ways they are creating a 'domestic' space - but this panel doesn't feel domestic. It feels more 'designed' than functional. It looks pretty to designers, but could the fabrics be made into shapes of objects, or part of a narrative?

I wonder though as well; do people respond better to animals and people (things with eyes?) - My experiences with some people are that they respond differently with objects they perceive to be alive - horses, dogs, cats etc.

I no doubt that there is more thinking behind the creation of the space, but I would be interested to know if these were considered.

I like the way the space is currently used as a starting point. How do they get this sort of data though?

It reminds me of a small piece of work I did with a courtyard at uni - following people's patterns of walking. No one ever walked straight through the middle...


I also like the use of this simple light change in this perspex.

Again, looking at how light can affect mood...

Further Reading

Podules - Jan Niedojadlo

I saw these 'sculptural spaces' a little while ago at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh.