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Teenage Cancer Trust YPU in Birmingham, England by Two Create Studio
July 20th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Two Create Studio
London based Two Create were commissioned to design the latest Teenage Cancer Trust Unit in the brand new state of the art Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Known as the Teenage Cancer Trust YPU (Young Persons Unit) the 12 patient ward consists of four single bed bays, two four bed bays and three social spaces including a study room, cinema room and kitchen/day room.
Patients were consulted throughout the design process and a ‘Boutique Hotel’ theme emerged. Each room is styled differently to the next so that patients returning for treatment are able to stay in different environments each time they visit, such as the 1960’s inspired ‘Pop’ room or New York styled ‘Loft’. Standard fittings were cleverly utilized or adapted like the metal clad wall panels at the bed heads, where Two Create designed die-cut sheet magnets used by patients to personalise their rooms with personal artifacts such as posters and photographs.
Classic furniture pieces and carefully chosen objects were illustrated and converted into vinyl stickers, then arranged to create the backdrops for the rooms e.g. the Loft room contains illustrations of furniture and lighting by Harry Bertoia and Archille Castiglioni and objects such as the classic 1987 Nike Air Max training shoe and even a ‘lucky cat’ referencing New York’s Chinatown.
Two Create also designed bespoke pieces for the ward such as patient lockers specially designed to hold games consoles as well as vital medicines and personal belongings, small console tables able to be lifted by patients pushing drips and AV storage for all the latest technology being installed. SCP and Vitra were chosen to supply contemporary furniture, spec’ed in the latest anti-microbial high performance fabrics with design modifications to satisfy patient’s needs.
The ward had a ‘soft launch’ on May the 5th prior to patients moving in on May the 11th. Patient Rosie Kilburn who attended the launch reviewed the ward in her blog, theknockoneffect.wordpress.com, saying “The new Teenage Cancer Trust YPU at the new Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham is amazing. The walls are metallic and graphics move around so you can hold pictures up with them. There’s iPod docks in every section and specially designed chairs and sofa beds. All the windows have different frosted designs on them which just makes them cool features rather than a violation of your privacy.”
Debbie Adams, Teenage Cancer Trust Service Development Manager in the Midlands added, “The partnership between Teenage Cancer Trust, Two Create and Queen Elizabeth Birmingham has resulted in a fantastic facility for teenagers and young adults with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust is proud to be associated with Two Create and hope that we can work together again in the future”.
Every day in the UK, six young people are told they have cancer. Usually placed on a children’s ward or with elderly patients, young people often feel extremely isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis. Teenage Cancer Trust builds units in NHS hospitals that offer young people specialist care, bringing them together so they can support each other in an environment suited to them. Including this new facility in Birmingham, there are now 17 of these units across the country. The charity plans to build a further 16 so that all young people needing hospital treatment for cancer across the UK have access to the dedicated, specialist support they provide.
Two Create Biography:
Two Create was co-founded by Lucy and Tobie Snowdowne. The couple met whilst studying at Central Saint Martins in London in 1998, they began working together on a diverse range of projects after graduating and formed Two Create later that year in 2001. Since then Two Create has maintained it’s cross-disciplinary approach currently engaged in branding, product, graphic and spacial design for a selection of clients through a diverse range of mediums. Viewed as a boutique agency, Two Create are proud of their ability to become completely immersed in a clients strategy, aspirations and limitations, working closely with manufactures to produce objects and spaces that not only fulfill the brief but also encourage unique emotive experiences.
Two Create has built up a loyal client list including Habitat, MDF Italia, Mathmos, Muji, Givenchy, Moet & Chandon, Belevedere Vodka, The Science Museum and Waitrose amongst others. The work of Two Create has won many awards, has been published extensively and exhibited internationally.
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Category: Medical Center