The $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital in Nedlands has recently opened its doors for the first time to patients in a much anticipated event by the West Australian community. The new 298-bed hospital was designed to replace the existing Princess Margaret hospital with additional clinical, research and education facilities, space for parents to stay overnight with their children, indoor and outdoor play spaces, a beanbag cinema and support facilities. With architecture and interiors by JCY Architects and Urban Designers, Cox Architecture and Billard Leece Partnership with HKS, PCH provides a new level of advanced healthcare to future generations in the state of WA.
The large-scale project features an impressive atrium with an overhead installation of floating petals programmed to move in a fluid manner to provide a calming feature for patients, visitors and hospital staff. Stylecraft ranges, Prisma and Pill by Australian brand Derlot Editions, appear in the main entrance and prominently on every level of the atrium adding to the visual spectacle of the space. The modular lounging provides both a visual cue to help wayfinding in the vast building and also a splash of striking colours into the hospital. Custom modular lounging pieces were also created by Derlot Editions to suit specific waiting and reception areas.
Two other Stylecraft ranges were chosen by the designers to work seamlessly alongside the state-of-the-art PCH facilities. Catifa 53 beam seating by Italian brand Arper feature in a main waiting area in a red metallic upholstery to complement the surrounding artwork and installations. Another inpatient waiting area, surrounded by penguin motifs by a West Australian artist, includes the Catifa 53 beam seating finished in white powdercoat to suit the theme of the area. Box Club Chairs, designed by Cornwell Hecker for Stylecraft, provide a comfortable seat for patient’s family members besides dialysis units in dedicated dialysis departments, as well as in general patient rooms.
Perth Children's Hospital, Cameron Chisholm Nicol. Photography: Dion Robeson