The story of SpaceUP’s charity activities began at the Department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology at Motol Hospital. High-tech equipment, excellent doctors and dedicated medical staff. All this can be found in many children’s wards of hospitals across the Czech Republic. These are environments where the big problems of young patients are solved every day. However, the hospital space itself is all too often at the end of a long list of what can and must be improved.
We know that a quality environment can and does help. In the charity SpaceUP, we teamed up – architects, graphic designers, photographers with interior designers and contractors – and got to work. Together we are trying to cultivate the hospital environment, to bring it to a better level, to bring quality design, missing features, but also a welcoming look, all for the little patients, their parents, but also the staff, just for everyone.
The outpatient clinic of the KDHO transplant unit at the Motol Hospital is the first completed project within SpaceUP. The task was to improve and make the existing environment of the outpatient clinic more attractive without any structural interventions. Child patients and their companions often spend hours in the outpatient clinic, during which it is necessary to offer various forms of activities, from games to alternative education to rest. It was essential to understand the requirements of the users – patients, attendants, staff and hospital operations, to balance and incorporate all this into the design. The result is an environment that meets all needs, wrapped in Kristýna Tůmová’s embracing graphics.