We were given a task for design & build for OLIVA -Skin & Hair clinics PAN India. It is a constant reminder of the power and impact of design. As designers, we often must communicate the significance portions of our work and benefits thereof are aspects of a project i.e. ”Designing Oliva “. The main aspect of space planning consists of circadian lighting, indoor air quality and biophilicdesign elements with all these attributes paves way for “well-being”.
Having recently refurbished and launched my new clinic this year, I have enjoyed the experience and opportunity of creating a personalised and unique environment for patients seeking medical aesthetic treatments.
The interior and décor of an aesthetic clinic is integral to the overall patient experience. From the lighting and colour scheme, to the layout of furniture and display materials, it is essential to create a welcoming environment for patients to feel instantly at ease and reassured by the calibre of their surroundings. The creation of functional, aesthetically-pleasing spaces, will in turn improve the patient experience, comfort and overall satisfaction, and may even increase employee productivity. In this article, I shall be detailing how to create the ideal environment for patients and outlining points to consider when choosing interiors for an aesthetic clinic.
The entrance facade is treated with the signature colour theme, which we follow throughout the facility. The plan is linear, with rooms on either side of an aesthetically lit corridor. The glass entrance lets you peek into the brightly lit reception and acts as a source of natural light that makes the space look large and airy inviting customers into the space. The reception area is kept monochromatic to act as a backdrop and highlight the Oliva logo on glass in its signature colour. Curved lacquered glass in the bold signature colour acts as a focal element in the otherwise monochromatic reception. A stark white sofa that was customized to the design accentuates the rounded design. A display of all the clients’ products draws the attention of the customers using the waiting lounge. The layout is dictated by the methodical usage by the customers. The consultation spaces and treatment rooms have been kept clean with monochromatic colours and bright lights to help the customers feel at ease and relax with their consultant.
Lighting and ambience
Given the importance of the clinic ‘atmosphere’, having the right lighting in place can greatly enhance the appearance and feel of a clinic and shape first impressions. A room with limited light would likely appear claustrophobic and unwelcoming to patients. A study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne found that people who spend more time in natural lighting compared to those in artificial lighting have increased productivity and alertness.
Consider if there are features such as furniture or product displays you wish to highlight. For example, ceiling spotlights would not be suited to treatment rooms where body treatments are undertaken, where a patient may spend most of the time lying flat and looking up.
A room that is designed for injectable treatments, however, requires stronger lighting, so ceiling spotlights would work well in this environment. For instance, injectable procedures require precise technique and identification of facial anatomy such as visible veins, hence they require strong lighting. I added an LED shadow gap light to my main reception, as a warm white LED lighting enables the creation of either a more clinical environment or a very different ambience for events and presentations.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
The quality of the air we breathe inside a building can be affected by a wide range of physical, chemical, and biological properties. The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for a room or building is a result of the interactions between all these influences.
Factors that influence IAQ
- Comfort factors (e.g., temperature, relative humidity, and carbon dioxide)
- Inadequate supply of outside air
- Contamination from outside the building through air intakes, infiltration, open doors, and windows
- Contamination arising from sources within the building
- Microbial contamination of ventilation systems or building interiors
- The Value of a Fresh Air Exchange System. Breathing quality indoor air is critical for good health. Most People spend a significant amount of time indoors—either in the home, office or other types of buildings—where gases, chemicals and other pollutants can cause headaches, eye irritation, allergies and fatigue.
- project: Oliva-Skin & Hair Clinic
- location: Pune
- architectural firm: Archinova Design Pvt. Ltd.
- area: 1,630-sq.ft
- dt of completion: Feb 2019
- design team: Dr. Ramesh & Ar. Nikita Jaiswal
- project team: Balamurgan, Rajesh, Mohan
- photographs: Archinova Design Pvt. Ltd.