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OR ITS 2017 Healthcare Interior Design Competition,
the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
introduced a new Transformation and Innovation
Award to recognize projects that deliver cutting-edge
interiors. The organization found its winner in an entry
submitted by Angela Müller and Marta Parra Casado,
founders of Parra-Müller Arquitectura de Maternidades
(Madrid), who describe themselves as "birth activists."
That entry-a natural birth unit at University Hospital HM Nuevo Belen in
Madrid-won top honors in the Hospitals - Women's category and was chosen for the inaugural innovation award for its modern design and thoughtful detailing that "still maintains a human connection," says competition
juror Tiana Lemons, healthcare studio leader at Orcutt Winslow (Nashville,
Tenn.). Adds juror Carol Doering, healthcare lead at IA Interior Architects
(Washington, D.C.), "The designers took the birth experience and created an
interior that expressed, in the built environment, the organic human form."
The idea for a natural birth unit, which will offer women the opportunity
to have a natural birth experience in a calming, non-institutional setting
within a hospital, was developed after the firm began working with midwives
and obstetricians to learn about the physiological birth process. "Our design
is based on the conviction that birth doesn't necessarily have to be a medical
act in the first place," Müller says. "So we design for a normal birth, putting a
big emphasis on privacy and a relaxing environment, but we also make sure
that everything necessary is within reach if medical attention is needed."
The opportunity to bring this vision to life came in 2011 when the firm
began working with HM Hospitales, a healthcare group in Madrid, which
had recently purchased Clinica Belen, an established hospital focused on
women's healthcare. The organization wanted to expand its market reach
and attract new patients, so it began updating some of the hospital's more
traditional birthing rooms. The firm shared the idea of creating a natural
birth unit as an option to further differentiate the facility, and soon an empty
wing on the ground floor was transformed into a 1,830-square-foot unit that

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opened in October 2015 with three natural
birthing rooms, a resuscitation area, and a rest
area for midwives.
HM Hospitales' natural birthing rooms are divided into four zones: an entry with hanging Japanese screens to offer privacy between the door
and the rest of the room; a bed and movement
zone, which includes various furniture pieces to
support women in different birthing positions; a
birth pool zone with a tub to provide the option
of a water birth; and a private bathroom with a
large shower space.
A striking feature within the room is a fluid
sculptural element that divides the bed and wet
areas with integrated storage for personal belongings, as well as a curved counter, sink, and
low seat to support women or midwives during
the labor and delivery process. "Most women
during dilation search for support when they
are in standing positions," Müller says. "Being
able to hold onto this furniture element allows
the mother to rest her arms while the rest of her
body is free to move."
Clinical tools are incorporated into the space in
thoughtful ways that support its calming nature,
with large medical equipment stored in the sculptural room divider and medical gases concealed
inside a wooden element on the headwall. "This
design helps to create an environment," Doering
says. "It isn't just about going to a room to have a
baby; it's about the experience-mood, ambience,
the nonclinical and natural process of a mother
giving birth to her baby."-Anne DiNardo
M O R E H O S P I TA L W I N N E R S F R O M
I I D A' S 2 0 1 7 H E A L T H C A R E
INTERIOR DESIGN COMPETITION:

Hospitals - Academic/Teaching Hospitals
Project: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago
Firms: HDR and Gensler in association with CWa, Chicago
Project: The Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital,
Hartford, Conn.
Firms: HDR and Perkins+Will, New York
Hospitals - Community
Project: Erlanger Health System East Campus Addition and
Renovation, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Firm: HKS Inc., Atlanta
Project: UC San Diego, Jacobs Medical Center, La Jolla, Calif.
Firm: Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign, Los Angeles
Hospitals - Pediatric
Project: Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands, The
Woodlands, Texas
Firm: FKP, Houston
Project: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Medical Behavioral Unit, Philadelphia
Firm: ZGF Architects LLP, New York
To see the full list of this year's winners, visit HCDmagazine.
com/2017-iida-awards.

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