SickKids Physiological Research Unit

Toronto, Ontario

Client: The Hospital for Sick Children
Size: 4,000 sq.ft. (400 sq.m.)

The PRU or Physiological Research Unit provides access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for patient-based research at Sick Kids. It is both equipped for SickKids patients or healthy research subjects and can accommodate children or adults. The program includes general subject assessment and treatment, specialized metabolic testing, exercise testing, infant pulmonary function testing, nasal potential difference testing and a research diet kitchen. The design of the unit was developed to provide a new distinctive colour palette unique within the hospital.

At the hub of the unit, the reception area displays the full colour palette providing a simple, elegant way finding solution. The seven colours of the palette chosen to be bright and happy are displayed both as door side lights as well as part of the colour theme of each associated room. Wood is introduced into the palette for each of patient room doorways highlighting these areas unlike the secondary or support room doors that are painted to blend into the hall colour. The seven doorways and seven colour themed rooms provides consistency and helps to create an association that makes it easy for the patient identify with. Concluding the design solution at the reception area, a wood ceiling with acoustical properties helps to expand the space, keeping it light and airy. The visual impact of the unit has been well received by the client.