Well-being is a growing priority in commercial spaces, but in health care hubs, it has always been the bottom line. At hospitals and doctor’s offices, aesthetics are a nonstarter if the design isn’t safe. For designers, creating uplifting yet safe wellness spaces is a complicated puzzle that requires overcoming physical challenges, regulations and—perhaps even trickier—the negative association with death, disease, disability and aging. But the design innovations happening in this sphere—from dentist’s offices and hospitals to senior living facilities—have the power to positively transform how we see these spaces, as well as the stigma and fear around what happens in them.
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