The concept for Red Balloons was inspired by the Mandala (Sanskrit for circle) which, used in this context, promotes healing and peace. In this design the Mandala is employed to establish a peaceful, harmonic, and fun space in which treatment can take place. The patient's journey starts and finishes by entering through the Mandala.
Young patients spend a lot of time and many days in the centre. The interior spaces therefore needs to be stimulating and fun. Entrance walls are moveable to create a new and fun interactive space for children. Balls in the treatment and isolation wards for 0 to 12 years are not just to sit on but are light enough for the young patients to play with. The 'docking stations' for the balls doubles up as seats for parents to utilize during treatment sessions.
The needs of young adults are different to those of younger children. They need more privacy and a contemplative space of their own. The design takes on a more refined view but sill maintains a playful attitude. Due to the nature of the treatment young adults are secluded from their respective social networks. Treatment pods are introduced with the latest and greatest technology which enables these patients to stay in touch and maintain their social status.
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