The metamorphosis of a sheltering tree escape
The Queensland Children’s Hospital Kidzone in South Brisbane was re-imagined this November as The Prop House and VM+ (Visual Merchandising Plus) team took on the task to redesign the space where children and families come to play, rest, learn, read and create.
With a design based around the concept of metamorphosis, the room was transformed by bespoke wall graphics, tailored flooring and a ‘sheltering tree’ standing 5mH with a secret cubby where the stars constantly twinkle, caterpillars hide among the hanging leaf canopy and panels of interactive play line the tree truck. The palette represents the colours of Queensland distilled from bright tropical tones to emerald and apple greens, lavender, violet and sky blue.
The theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ is evident in the space, as giant butterflies populate the high ceilings and colourful caterpillars line the branches of the sheltering tree. In nature, metamorphosis is a process of transformation, from one physical form to another, to reach a state of ultimate potential. A concept which hopes to inspire the essential goal of recovery, healing and beautiful transformative change.
“Sincere thanks for the incredible job you did transforming the new Kidzone space at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. The design, ‘Metamorphosis’, perfectly captures the treatment journey of the children and families in our care, creating a magical forest in which they can safely play and enjoy much-welcomed distraction. You took a blank slate and made it resonate with life and fun. The fact you accomplished all that in a few short weeks, within a complex major hospital, is testament to the professionalism of your team. One of our core values at Children’s Health Queensland is ‘Imagination’. Thanks to you, Kidzone now encapsulates that value.”
– Health Service Chief Executive, Queensland Children’s Hospital
The leaves of the sheltering tree are made up of acrylic and softly cut in two tones of green which catch the light gleaming through the floor to ceiling windows. Colourful trees and butterflies that line the walls of the space were designed by The Prop House graphic artist and adopt the fun colour palette that is used throughout the hospital.
Not only stimulating to look at, the butterflies on the walls and caterpillars among the branches were designed to match in a game of guessing which caterpillar transformed into which butterfly.
This play area is most recent space The Prop House and VM Plus have designed, manufactured and installed. Throughout the year, the team works to deliver custom designs constructed to reflect various environments from vast Australian landscape to fantasy worlds, all inspiring imaginative learning. From tree houses to enchanted woodlands, sensory escapes with sea turtles and interactive technology, TPH and VM+ are constantly evolving their designs to keep up with the demand for activated spaces and play zones.
The design for Kidzone was endorsed by the Children’s Health Queensland Arts in Health Advisory Committee, the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the CHQ Executive Leadership Team, after a process of consultation with many creative and clinical stakeholders.
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