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young patients. For example, the house-like structures in the quiet
zones include child-height doors and windows. Sinks in the classrooms
and restrooms are appropriately sized so children can take
charge of their own hygiene. Graphics and activities like sensory
toys are strategically placed at eye level for the youngest occupants to
explore independently.
While the project was designed as a welcoming destination, it also
needed to create visual and physical boundaries that keep the children
safe. The team programmed the building to support this goal with exterior
classroom doors opening to a secure playground that has climb-resistant
fencing, which visually protects child-occupied spaces while allowing
daylight to reach deep into the space. Windows in classrooms have
higher sill heights, while the adult waiting room makes use of expansive
floor-to-ceiling windows.
ABOVE: The adult waiting
room (foreground) is
connected to the children's
waiting room (background)
and features a sophisticated
yet playful palette.
Subtle expressions of the
brand are featured on the
reception wall, an abstract
representation of the journey
from hurt to healing.
BELOW: Sensory toys at eye
level encourage children
to play.
Transparency was crucial to help staff support
and monitor the children. View rooms with
one-way mirrors into each classroom enable
care providers, therapists, and family members
to observe the children and discuss strategies
before they interact. Curvilinear, low-height
furniture in the rooms is arranged to designate
different zones without impeding the ability of
staff to see the children at all times.
Similar considerations impacted the design
of outpatient therapy and support spaces, as
well. For example, each of these areas features
ample natural light, high windowsills for safety,
and playful carpet patterns featuring houses.
These details connect back to the house-like
structures in the classrooms and encourage
play and exploration.
ROOM TO GROW
The new facility demonstrates how designers can
use a creative, engaging process to inform strategic
solutions that address the health and social
needs of users in a space.
Since opening, the new Children's Place has
served 30 percent more children and families.
The highly flexible classroom, therapy, and community
areas will enable it to grow and provide
more effective, much-needed child services to
its Kansas City community for years to come. 
Erin Nybo, IIDA, is practice leader, interiors at
HOK (Kansas City, Mo.). She can be reached at
ERIN.NYBO@HOK.COM .
DECEMBER 2021
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