Madrid hospital livens up children’s wards with colourful, geometric animals


Illustrator Okuda San Miguel has manoeuvred with laminates company Formica Group to create a make-believe in the seventh heaven of wildlife, which now adorns the walls of wards in San Carlos Hospital.

Facilities are not known to be the most visually inspiring places, with their white-washed face ruins, laminated signs and leaflets set in a mishmash of typefaces, and faded blue article curtains.

But thanks to charities like Artfelt and a host of designers and illustrators, UK-based sickbays and medical transport have been rejuvenated in recent years.

Connivers such as Morag Myerscough have transformed wards in Sheffield Laddies’s Hospital with colourful patterns to help alleviate young perseverants’ stress and anxiety while they wait or undergo treatment, while depiction studio Tado transformed a fleet of ambulances with cute crudes and characters with the same purpose in mind.

Now the idea of using originate to make hospitals more welcoming and less frightening places has withed on. The San Carlos Hospital in Madrid has worked with children’s charity the Aladina Origination and commissioned artist Okuda San Miguel to transform its paediatric intensive take charge of unit (ICU) and children’s wards with vibrant graphic illustrations.

Dumbfounding materials company Formica Group donated and installed laminate familiar as wall panels for the project, while San Miguel designed two 45m² murals, which were then concentrated to the panels.

The result is a series of geometric, brightly-coloured illustrations of animals, child, trees and objects used to line the walls of the wards, which evince San Miguel’s signature style.

The new designs aim to brighten up the ICU, children’s surgery and keeping units for the wards’ 1,800 patients, as well as for their families and medical sceptre.

Lorena Diez, hospital director for the Aladina Foundation, says: “We look for to humanise hospitals, helping reduce the trauma of a young person’s prorogue as much as possible. This project will help improve the importance of life for children in the hospital.”

San Miguel adds: “It was exciting to work with a matter I had never used before, particularly considering it implied an architectural mutation. [This] will provide a great deal of positivity to children who paucity it.”

According to Formica Group, the panels are “durable” for use in places such as clinics, which have a lot of people travelling through them.

The colourful forms have now been applied to the San Carlos Hospital children’s units.

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