Welcoming spaces for wellbeing

Hospitals are not usually people’s favourite places. This is, for the most part, due to the activities that take place there, however their design is often a contributing factor.

Hospitals should be designed to be welcoming, easy to navigate and to set minds at ease. Colour is a key factor in each of these areas, however hospitals are characteristically white. The benefit of white spaces is that they feel light & sterile. On the flip side, they can create an environment that is isolating, confusing and lifeless.

Although hospitals will always hold negative connotations for people, a well-designed space should counteract this, making people feel completely welcome.

Hospital for Specialist Surgery, Castle Hill

NBRS+PARTNERS are currently working on the Hospital for Specialist Surgery in Castle Hill. When completed, the hospital will provide first class orthopaedic, cosmetic, ophthalmologic and endoscopic services for private patients.

Hospital for Specialist Surgery, Castle Hill

As the hospital is being converted from an existing office building, the team at NBRS+PARTNERS has taken up the challenges of an existing building while meeting the stringent requirements of the NSW Health Department.

The overall design philosophy focuses on a ‘’hospitality’’ feel – providing welcoming interiors for patients, visitors and staff alike.

The NBRS+PARTNERS Interior Team, lead by Hung-Ying Gill, has developed way-finding strategies to help visitors and patients in navigating along hospital corridors on the ward floors by designing room signage on 4 different colour panels for the 4 main orientations.

Hospital for Specialist Surgery, Castle Hill

The facility includes:

  • State of the art café
  • Conference & seminar rooms
  • 8 Specialist consultant suites
  • Rehabilitation ward & general ward providing 79 beds
  • 10 operating theatres
  • Hydrothermal pool

The hospital is due to commence construction in April 2013


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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