SPACES FOR LIFE

Karen Ingeborg Naalsund

kinaalsund@hotmail.com
928 30 605

HOW DO YOU CREATE SPACES THAT ARE PERCEIVED AS PLEASANT TO SPEND TIME IN, EVEN IN SITUATIONS WHERE YOU CANNOT LEAVE THEM?

What did you want to find out?

I wanted to find out more about how our environment influences us. That is to say, how spaces influence our health, well-being, enjoyment and self-image. I have therefore looked at which spatial qualities and elements are necessary to produce this effect. I chose to investigate spaces that people cannot choose to leave when they want, such as aeroplanes, hospitals and prisons.

What did you want to achieve?

By developing a knowledge bank of the different elements that influence us, I can identify different devices and characteristics that help to create spaces that are perceived as pleasant to spend time in. It was important to me that this knowledge could be used in a range of different projects in the future, in the workplace.

What has the process been like?

The beginning of the project involved collecting sources of inspiration, surveys and analysis. After a time, I discovered common features between the different elements that influence spaces, such as orientation, universal design and sensory architecture. Having mapped spatial qualities and elements, I chose a location, which I developed an idea proposal for. It was a proposal for a new intensive care ward at Ålesund Hospital.

What is the result?

Based on knowledge about spatial elements and how they influence the user of the space, I have created an idea proposal for an intensive care ward. The result is an airier and more colourful intensive care ward, with a new work plan that will enable more time to be spent with patients. The ward has more access to nature and a more sensory and accessible day-to-day routine.

Who will benefit most from this project?

The project has resulted in a collection of information that not only shows that our environment influences us, but also gives us insight into qualities and devices that should be taken into consideration when spaces are designed. My project can therefore provide a wealth of useful knowledge. Ålesund Hospital can also benefit from my idea proposal when it starts planning its new intensive care ward.