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Design Practice:

atelier PRO architekten

Project Title:

Meander Medical Centre

Project Location:

Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Design Practice Location:

The Hague, The Netherlands
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The overall interior design of this 100,000 square-metre healthcare centre is focused around the patient in order to create a healing environment that improves the wellbeing of patients and medical staff. It has been applied on a human scale with interaction, findability, spatial qualities, colours, materials and a site-specific approach in mind.


Single rooms ensure a patient’s privacy while an in-room sofa accommodates an overnight visitor when required. Each room offers a view on green outdoor spaces. The wards encourage patients to leave their rooms and enjoy the sitting-room spaces. The use of colour and materials support the clear order and architecture of the large building, and are used to enhance atmosphere as well as wayfinding and recognition.


The layout resembles a village with a central avenue from which all public areas are visible and accessible. Around the avenue there are three glass-covered squares, the Brink, the Foyer and the Orangery. Facilities such as the restaurant, pharmacy, auditorium and waiting rooms function as landmarks. The spaces provide an overview of the buildings and surroundings, complete with street furniture-like interior elements. In the public squares and along the main avenue, street signs function as entrances to the clinics. The high, light-filled atrium, the Brink, is the ‘living room’ and is home to a lunch terrace for staff, visitors and patients, with a self-service restaurant below.


Waiting areas are pleasant and informal; they are open spaces instead of enclosed rooms. In the Orangery, people can opt for timber garden benches wrapped around kidney-shaped clusters of bamboo or colourful café-style chairs. Lighting is only installed where necessary, to support the spaciousness and daylight.

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