A physiotherapy and traumatology clinic designed from a chromatic-and-light-metabolism perspective, with a view to boosting the patient’s recovery through a union of the concepts of thermodynamics, therapy, and sustainability.
Nexus8 is a physiotherapy and traumatology clinic that challenges conventional stereotypes. Its main concern is the ‘Form of Care’ of patients undergoing treatment and in recovery. The concept involves a multidimensional scheme integrated with special central furniture to equip and articulate the clinical spaces. One aspect of healthy design relies on color to marry thermodynamics and therapeutics, creating climate-comfort areas in different treatment zones. In the east zone, the rehabilitation gym surrounds patients with pinkish tones in a dusk atmosphere that makes their brains produce melatonin so that their bodies relax, and yellow filters form sitting areas, facing large windows, where patients can rest or wait to be attended. But in the west zone, where the medical consultation rooms are, blue shades
create a dawn ambience to boost cortisol levels and thus the concentration and vigor of health care workers during treatment and surgery. Depending on its intensity, direction, and degree of saturation, light produces different hormonal reactions in patients, and this is harnessed to speed up recovery. The waiting room and reception, along with the furniture designs, all help to organize the layout of uses within the main area, which is more diaphanous and has higher ceilings than the rest of the clinic. This Kubrickian arrangement of space accommodates a visual style that is atmospheric and sustainable thanks to air convection, which helps improve climate conditions and saves money and energy, rendering other resources unnecessary.