A health clinic in Poznań turned to art in an effort to create a more holistic experience for its patients.
Resembling an art gallery rather than a doctor’s office, visitors to the ProfMedica Clinic are greeted by a three-story atrium at the center of which rises a monumental wall of sculptural composition reaching to the top of the third floor.
Created by famous Warsaw-born sculptor artist Tomasz Gόrnicki, the piece was inspired by the artist’s interpretation of shapes found in rocky landscapes.
It was also designed to highlight the rays of sunlight streaming through the clinic’s roof skylight during the day and to allow light from artificial lights to seep through the cracks in the sculpture at nightfall.
Adam Pulwicki, CEO of architectural firm Pulva who oversaw the design, told Propertydesign.pl magazine: “Our overarching assumption was to gain a sense of visual cohesion as well as comfort, values that quite often are taken away from standard and unwelcoming solutions. sterility that we normally associate with the healthcare building.
“From the beginning of conversations with the investor, we emphasized minimalism, carefully constructed lighting as well as the introduction of art as a key element giving the space its distinctive character.”
He added, “Since the main wall sculpture in the atrium forms the focal point of the design, the remaining elements of the space, in and of themselves, contain a minimal amount of message and stimuli.”
Alongside the monumental work of Gόrnicki, paintings by established Poznań artist Katarzyna Zygadlewicz form the second key artistic element of the clinic space in the waiting room.
The colorful works are meant to grab the attention of waiting patients and capture their attention with their intense color compositions, carefully thought out designs and textures, which are enhanced by carefully planned lighting.
Pulwicki said: “Every project created by Pulva is formulated around people, emotions, life and nature. We believe that such interiors are necessary, because they give people not only the necessary functionality, but also a sense of inner peace and harmony.
Recognition of the benefits that art can bring to health has grown over the years and in April 2020 the WHO announced its participation in a major project to “explore effective and sustainable strategies for integrating the arts and culture in the broader health care sector”.
In Poland, projects such as an art therapy project between Krakow University Hospital and the MOCAK Museum of Modern Art which saw the museum create an exhibition at the hospital, also reflect a growing belief in the significance of the benefits of placing art in healthcare settings.