The projects at Showcase 2016 revealed a heightened awareness of authentic materials and thoughtful details.

This year’s Healthcare Design Showcase 2016 has come and gone, but the participating projects left an impression on jurors – and may impact the future of healthcare design. One takeaway from this year’s showcase? Project sponsors seem to be more invested than ever before in the architecture of their buildings. Healthcare Design highlights some of the most notable themes and design statements that came out of Showcase 2016:

  • More specialized projects. There were more specialty-based projects, and a large number of those submissions were cancer centers. Jurors attribute this, in part, to increased diagnoses and a focus on early intervention.
  • Evolving aesthetics. Projects illustrated a shift toward mostly white interiors, with color in furnishings, artwork and connections to nature. While jurors were divided on whether white interiors are a welcome trend, most agreed patient comfort is still a top priority and noted design features that promote healing.
  • Evolving aesthetics. Jurors agreed the best designs are authentic and distinctive to the healthcare brand, physical context and the community served.
  • Future investments. Jurors were underwhelmed by the design of staff spaces, such as sleep and respite rooms – an issue as organizations try to keep skilled employees. One juror noted a need for a focus on private spaces, where families and care teams can discuss diagnoses and treatment plans.

Healthcare Design Showcase 2016 jurors agreed investing in patient- and staff-centered spaces and other elements, like refined materials and iconic structures, can pay off – in effect, becoming their own marketing machines to draw patients to an elevated level of care and experience. Find the full report from Healthcare Design Showcase 2016.