Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Services provides outpatient care for children and adolescents as well as couples dealing with fertility issues. HOK’s interactive design engages children, adolescents and adults with creative seating, dynamic floor patterns and interesting wall elements.
To accommodate various pediatric sub-specialties in the building, the medical planning follows an open platform with standardized clinic modules and exam rooms. This flexible space plan has reduced wait times for appointments as patients can be examined and treated in a single location. The integrated care experience also improves access to ancillary services such as social workers, nutritionists and on-site interpreters.
Building on the sophisticated neutral palette of Stanford’s current adult patient spaces, the clinic’s vibrant colors and materials are designed to alleviate the anxieties of pediatric patients and create a unique branded environment. The overall design aesthetic also reflects the natural context of the surrounding bay, including local plants, animals, materials and forms. These elements are abstractly interpreted using a natural color palette of beiges, blues and greens on boardwalk flooring and pebble-shaped alcoves.
A combination of scale, form, pattern and texture inspires curiosity and provides playful moments of interaction within the physical environment. Patients and families experience a sense of discovery with each unique detail, whether it’s the lively red elephants and orange bean bags in the waiting areas, the etched pebble pattern on glass entry doors or the unexpected pop of color on exam room cabinets.