Playroom – Dana Hospital, Ichilov
Therapeutic Space in the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Unit at the Dana Children’s Hospital, Ichilov, Tel Aviv.
A good, supportive setting is an integral part of the patient’s recuperation process – this perception was the guiding light behind the design of the play area in Dana Children’s Hospital. Extending over approx. 100 sq m, the playroom enables the patients to maintain their play abilities in a resilient pedagogical setting adapted to their needs. The room was designed as an ex-territory, offering a refuge and enabling the little patients to forget their illness, if only momentarily, while engaging in playful activity.
The design was preceded by observations of the children and a dialogue with the staff, which stressed important therapeutic and medical aspects and the resulting needs.
The playroom is designed as a triangle. A concealed television corner is situated at the triangle’s top; the screen is suspended inside a wooden house, with windows fixed in its façade and a door leading into a hideout where one may enter and play. The house was created with the desire to disguise two structural columns by means of a harmonious solution, creating a multipurpose play structure. One side of the triangle contains play areas for toddlers, including domestic corners facilitating sociodramatic play, enabling children to dramatize real-life situations.
Another side of the triangle was designed for elder children and their families. It contains an art area and a computer corner. A kitchenette was located at the triangle’s base for the patients’ families, whose cupboard doors bear elements from the culinary world. Soft armchairs form a circle at the center of the space around a round desk.
The playroom was designed as a therapeutic space, where play serves as a vehicle for healing, thus reinforcing the children’s healthy aspect.
Interior and furniture design: Sarit Shani Hay
Architecture: Yuval Geny
Photography: Amit Geron
Tel Aviv 2011