Birmingham Children’s Hospital is our latest project. We were asked to create something to fit in the atrium of their new building. The space in question was a large wall measuring 6 meters high by 3 meters wide. The space had two main vantage points:
- The top third of the wall, which would could be seen from a first-floor waiting room.
- The lower third of the wall, which was accessed from the main ground floor waiting area.
The hospital staff wanted an activity that would distract and entertain patients and their families in both spaces while they waited to be seen. The end result needed to be engaging across a variety of ages and abilities and had to be mindful of infection control.
So we put our thinking caps on!
As their new building was called Waterfall House the space was perfect for us to design the hospital their very own internal waterfall. But this waterfall had to reflect Birmingham so it would resonate with the patients. So it made sense to consider the waterways in and around Birmingham and in particular the lock gates punctuated throughout the canals.
This would be the perfect backdrop for our waterfall.