April 18, 2013
In April 2012, the Medical Center Hospital of VU University Amsterdam opened its Silence Room, a place where patients and their families can stay for going through their difficult time.
This space is part of Cancer Center and Day Surgical Centre previously designed by D/Dock, a Dutch design studio. According to D/Dock architect Francesco Messori, this design was inspired by his journey in Italy when he was young. "As a small child I often went with my father to church. We usually sat at the back of the church, near the choir, where I felt safe and protected. This is exactly what I wanted to achieve in this design, a place that embraces you in its serenity."
In this Silence Room, natural materials such as stone and wood are used to give a sense of protection and security. In collaboration with Enrico Dini, inventor of D-Shape 3D printer, the team manufactured the stone items using 3D printing technology. The D-Shape 3D printer built 3D objects by placing layers of sand on top of each other and used a binding agent to hold the structure together.
Using effect of light, candles, natural products, D/Dock succeeded in creating a place for solace and reflection for both the patient and their loved ones, regardless of religion and background. "There was a great need for contemplation space." said Janette Delver from Pastoral and Spiritual Care. "Even before the opening I saw people using it gratefully. It offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life in hospital."
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