A Restorative Setting
The Alder Centre at the Alder Hey Children’s Hosptial in Liverpool will be a bespoke facility to support friends and families of bereaved children. The new building will offer the opportunity to provide purpose-designed, dedicated internal and external spaces to meet the needs of this specialised and sensitive support service. Our design process engaged in research about spaces that promote companionship and provide sanctuary, and we developed an understanding of what it is that makes successful restorative spaces that promotes human well-being.
Prospect and Refuge
Our design focused on the provision of intimate spaces that support individual reflection, social activity, formal and informal counseling. These spaces, whether enabling or contemplative, will follow the comfort principles of ‘prospect and refuge’: spaces that provide people with the ability to see out to a clear view, from a safe vantage point without being seen. These spaces will be found both within and outside the building – linking landscape and architecture into a unified whole.