Foyer Vorwerker Diakonie – curative interdisciplinary early intervention Lübeck

Feedback“It’s so friendly and cozy here with them” (mother with child in the waiting area)

Healing architecture

Diakonie Lübeck’s interdisciplinary early intervention center offers medical and remedial diagnostics as well as therapy rooms for physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and remedial education. The rooms are located in an old building on the premises of the Vorwerker Diakonie. The practice looks after children aged 0-6 years in the presence of their parents.

Physiotherapy therapy room – friendly – confidence-building – stimulating (Image copyright A. Buether)

Feedback “The color combination is very pleasant, the room is bright and friendly, balancing, inspiring and stimulates the senses.” (Visitor)

Evidence-based color and lighting design

The evidence-based redesign of the new children’s therapy facility is part of a research project investigating the effects of environmental factors such as light and color on patients and staff. The involvement of future users is ensured through a participatory process. The project objectives are to be achieved by systematically and sustainably improving the environmental factors of light and color.

Orientation – Blue markings indicate the way from the entrance to the reception desk

Feedback“It’s like being at home in Algeria, the size, the round arches and the spaciousness.” (Algerian mother with child in the waiting area)

Reception office with conversation area (Image copyright A. Buether)

Resonance “I find the rooms cheerful and friendly, warm, cozy and inviting. You want to linger and come back again.” (Visitor)

Therapy room – cheerful – warm – activating (Image copyright A. Buether)

Resonance: “As a therapist, I feel very organized and receptive. The patients are well received and are focused on working together” (Physiotherapist about the effect of the atmosphere in your room)

Impact factors:

  • Color temperature and color rendering of the lighting
  • Paint colors for walls and ceilings
  • Material colors of the floor coverings
  • Surface colors of the furnishings
  • Surface colors of the therapeutic devices

Therapeutic staff break room – inviting – stimulating – communicative (Image copyright A. Buether)

Project goals:

  • Promotion of curative education / therapeutic activities
  • Improving the well-being of children
  • Improving the well-being, trust and confidence of parents
  • Improved well-being and quality of stay for staff
  • Improving the feeling of being valued by the employer
  • Increased identification with the employer
  • Increase in work motivation
  • Improving orientation
  • Improving regeneration opportunities during breaks
  • Increasing the attractiveness of the workplace

Project data:

Accompanying scientific research: Institute for Color Psychology, Prof. Dr. Axel Buether

Research partner: Vorwerker Diakonie Child and youth welfare, curative education/interdisciplinary early intervention

Color concept: Axel Buether and Heike Krauss

Project period: 2021 – 2022