Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Centre Médical Et Esthétique (Cosem) Auber in Paris, France by Sky Factory, Inc.
June 16th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Sky Factory, Inc.
COSEM Auber hosts multiple practices in this 1,600 sq. m. (17,222 sq. ft.) facility, including a radiology imaging center located in the basement. The general reception lounge on the first floor is also located deep inside the building. While the interiors’ contemporary style underscored the clean geometry of the space, an effective solution was needed to neutralize the confined nature of the areas and transform them into sustainable spaces for human occupancy.
The volume of patients that wait in these reception areas called for the spatial design to be open and comfortable despite the lack of a structural conduit to the outside. The proposal was for 7 virtual skylights to generate a palpable feeling of open space, allowing these heavily transited public spaces to become restorative environments where patients would gain the benefits of biophilic engagement, our innate, genetic-based need to affiliate to nature and other living systems, first proposed by Edward O. Wilson in his book, Biophilia (1984).
Research in the field of evidence-based design, particularly the landmark studies by Roger Ulrich on the effect of views to nature on patient recovery provided the rational to incorporate simulated views to nature. Sky Factory’s Luminous SkyCeilings use large format digital photography to project extraordinary detail, the color temperature of light (high CRI 6500 K) to recreate the subtle hues and real saturation of real skies, and patented reveals (elevators) to displace the image from the ceiling grid, thereby generating a dramatic illusion of overhead skies. These carefully composed images incorporate perspective, direction, mass, color, and intensity to lead the eye and mind to experience an alluring sense of vastness.
Published research on Sky Factory’s Open Sky Compositions, the unique photography used to create Luminous SkyCeilings, has received top recognition from the Design & Health International Academy and the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) for the high standard and forward-thinking application of the research.
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Category: Medical Center