Storytelling within the UVA Battle Building

Storytelling within the UVA Battle Building

The Battle Building at UVA Children’s Hospital will be holding its ribbon cutting and public open house on Saturday, June 14, 2014. We’re thrilled to have been part of this project, serving as interior architect for the clinical spaces. The facility is unique to the region and will serve children and their families by assembling dozens of pediatric specialty clinics, as well as fetal care, and an outpatient surgery center with dedicated pediatric spaces. By collocating these spaces, the Children’s Hospital hopes to streamline the process for families with complex medical cases, who previously spent hours working to see doctors in clinics throughout the campus.

storytelling wall elevations

storytelling wall elevations

Charlottesville, Virginia is clearly a very scholarly town, and their love of books is evident throughout the city. Charlottesville is home to the Virginia Festival of the Book and as the design team explored options for an interactive feature, both in the waiting rooms and exam rooms, the concept of storytelling became a natural fit.

storytelling wall module

storytelling wall module

“I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.”     – Thomas Jefferson
(Jefferson to John Adams, June 10, 1815, The Adams-Jefferson Letters)

A custom designed ‘storytelling wall’ will reside in each of the main clinic waiting areas – it’s a low tech wall with manually-operated rotating tiles showing three tiers of significance for some fundamental children’s book themes: friendship, adventure, imagination and discovery. Children, their siblings, and their families will be able to interact and manipulate this art piece, discovering deeper and deeper layers of meaning within the theme. Aspects of the feature wall have been designed to speak to children of all ages and abilities. The story continues in the exam rooms, where the individual story silhouettes become “eye spy” art displays, to provide passive distraction and entertainment to patients during their visit and procedures.

eye spy combined

We hope you’ll come join us at the Battle Building when it opens to let us know “What’s Your Story?”

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