What Has Architecture Got to Do with Health?

Insights from seminar on “Healing Architecture” by Nickl & Partner Indonesia

Through the centuries, medical developments and innovations have been accompanied by changes in the typology and design of medical buildings. Today, latest neurobiological findings and other scientific research projects have shown that the experienced environment, which includes factors such as light, color, smell, sound, form and orientation, has a significant impact on the mental and physical well-being of patients and supports the healing process. Architecture taking into account such factors when planning and designing healthcare buildings has been termed “healing architecture”. The leading person in promoting this approach is Mrs. Christine Nickl-Weller, who is Professor at the Institute for Architecture at the Technical University Berlin and CEO of Nickl & Partner Architects.

Nickl & Partner Architects is a leading architectural firm with its headquarters in Munich, Germany. Nickl & Partner have won numerous competitions to design and construct or reconstruct hospitals and other healthcare buildings based on the approach of “healing architecture”. In recent years, Nickl & Partner has been expanding into Asian markets and has now just set up an office in Jakarta.

On October 20, 2016, on the second day of the 29th Indonesian International Hospital Expo, Nickl & Partner organized an event on “healing architecture” at the Jakarta Convention Center. Angsamerah was fortunate to have been invited as one of the participants to attend a series of very interesting speeches delivered by three international business leaders. The three speakers were Prof. Christine Nickl-Weller, about “The Concept of Healing Architecture and related challenges in Indonesia”, Prof. Frank Christian about “Innovations in Healthcare Planning”, and Dr. Remo Burkhard about the “Swiss Technology Impact Platform Singapore/Indonesia”. The presentations were followed by vivid discussions and a lunch invitation, which allowed for more networking.

The event was both highly instructional and inspiring. Healthcare design, which creates a pleasant and residential atmosphere, allows for flexibility, and is highly functional and efficient, allows for the flourishing of successful healthcare environments – architecture from humans for humans. In the case of the two Angsamerah clinics, the key elements of “healing architecture” have already been incorporated. The clinics are unique in terms of architectural design, highly efficient and functional, accommodate medical and safety standards, and have a private and relaxing atmosphere. It is hoped that both Nickl & Partner and Angsamerah can put forth and popularize the concept of healing architecture in Indonesia and bring real and long-lasting change to the future landscape of healthcare buildings and patient-centered healthcare.

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