UBLA is currently in the schematic design phase for a new healing garden project for the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH. The hospital’s ongoing construction of their 4 story addition will allow for auditorium space, a Women’s and Children’s center, and private patient centered rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors. This addition has created small crucial parcels of open space to create opportunities for patients, families and staff to benefit from the design of unique outdoor spaces.
Early studies of the labyrinth location
UBLA was initially contacted about the addition of a labyrinth to provide opportunities for users to seek a sense of peace. Through a careful study and positive feedback from the hospital board, the project has expanded to include 3 distinct areas- a secluded labyrinth, a public gathering and art display space, and a heavily planted winding walkway to a dropoff area.
Conceptual birdseye view
While all of the spaces will share unifying design elements such as wall materials and furniture, each will have a unique sense of place, with plantings and paving materials setting the tone. A variety of colors and the introduction of art and sculpture will enliven the central public space while the labyrinth is encompassed by more dense screening materials to screen outside views and sounds. The third space will be more transitional, offering respite for patients awaiting pick up, or staff out for a quick break.
Material pallette boards
We are very excited to be part of this project! Stay tuned for much more as this project continues to develop!