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Alder Hey Children‘s Hospital
Liverpool, Great Britain

  • buyer Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • architect BDP, Manchester
  • lighting designer Hoare Lea
  • photographer David Barbour

Olivio Sis­tema in the Largest Children‘s Hos­pi­tal in Europe

By chil­dren for chil­dren. The con­struc­tion con­cept for the Alder Hey Children‘s Hos­pi­tal in Liv­er­pool was devel­oped fol­low­ing inten­sive exchanges with chil­dren. As a result the wish for greater close­ness to nature was taken into account. The new build­ing is har­mo­niously incor­po­rated into the land­scape of Spring­field Park and delib­er­ately empha­sizes nat­ural ele­ments: wooden mate­ri­als, lively day­light and shapes inspired by nature. Numer­ous design ele­ments with a play­ful char­ac­ter will help young patients over­come their fear of hos­pi­tals.

Bear­ing in mind that light is hugely impor­tant for human well-being and con­va­les­cence, much empha­sis was placed on nat­ural light guid­ance in the high-tech hos­pi­tal. A large number of day­light rooms with large window fronts were installed to create a feel­ing of well-being and pro­vide a pic­turesque view of the park. The light from the Selux lumi­naires assists the day­light wher­ever this dwin­dles.

The organic Olivio lumi­naires blend har­mo­niously into the design of the com­mu­nal areas (lobby, atria) while here the sub­ject of the park is con­tin­ued delib­er­ately too, with the Olivio Sis­tema lumi­naires merg­ing together to form a curved alley­way and bestow­ing light on the café below and its invit­ing seats. The park theme ensures a casual and relaxed atmos­phere inside the build­ing facil­ity.

  • The organic design of Olivio and its functional versatility due to the modular design of this luminaire family is inspired by role models from nature. As a result Olivio forms the basis for light concepts in urban living areas where the focus is on the well-being of people. Olivio luminaire heads are available in the sizes Grande, Medio and Piccolo and can be combined with various arms and pole types from the three design lines Sistema, Floracion and Candelabra. Yet it is not just the design that can be adapted individually according to the situation – various optics and light colours from 2,700 to 4,000 Kelvin also cater for challenging lighting tasks efficiently and without glare: from illumination of paths and squares, floodlighting of façades and accent lighting of buildings. The new Olivio Cap also reduces light scatter and for special requirements, with its camera and loudspeaker modules, Olivio can be integrated into smart application scene. The special wooden-pole aesthetic emphasizes the Olivio's high quality, organic luminaire design. Combined with luminaire heads in a harmonoius colour tone such as bronze, this results in a timelessly comforting spatial ambience.

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