Product(s) in use
One Medical, Kaiser Permanente, UVU Autism Center
One Medical, CallisonRTKL, Curtis Miner Architecture
One Medical, a nationwide primary-care provider, uses neutral palettes in their waiting rooms to create a calming and inoffensive atmosphere. In order to stave off an antiseptic aesthetic, One Medical specified Fortina louvers on the ceiling and some perimeter walls in a warm wood finish. That small inclusion of a natural texture was just what was needed to make this room feel like somewhere a patient wouldn't mind spending time in.
Kaiser Permanente, the esteemed Californian healthcare system, specified a dark wood for the Fortina louvers used in one of their waiting rooms. The dark color grounds the otherwise bright palette of the space and brings in a feeling of warmth. Fortina comes in a large array of finishes, giving designers a seemingly endless toolkit to dramatically enhance any space with a biophilic, cleanable, and durable material.
Utah Valley University Autism Center
Of course, natural materials alone do not lead to reduced stress. Designers must also take into account natural elements, such as sunlight and depth of space, when designing biophilic spaces. Given Fortina's ability to maintain its color and resist wear, it's an optimal choice for areas with heavy sun exposure, like the UVU Autism Center designed by Curtis Miner Architecture.