design and build
Reach for a Dream
Trend was approached by the Reach For A Dream Foundation to assist with the design and fit-out of a Dream Room at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Dream Rooms are spaces created within the children’s wards of hospital environments, as a place where sick children can play and have some respite from the stress of the hospital environment.
They fulfil an important function in allowing children – particularly those who are confined to the hospital for long stays, or who are very ill – to relax, play, enjoy time with family members, or even have their dreams fulfilled through the foundation. They provide appropriate stimulation for children who are unable to receive it otherwise, and are typically equipped with games, books, toys for imaginative play, educational games, and electronics.
Trend’s design for the Dream Room at Chris Hani Baragwanath incorporated two rooms, connected across a corridor, that were provided for the purpose. The rooms are designed to appeal to youngsters from approximately age three to age 14. Each room was given its own theme, with one being a quiet, creative space for reading and playing, and the other being more tech focused with PC gaming and Play Stations installed.
The tech and gaming focused area has been given a sky theme. The walls are painted dark with moon and star motifs on one side. The other side features a sunny sky and cloud motifs livened up with fun Pac Man characters. A section of drywall incorporates a cloud cut-out arch between the Play Station and PC gaming areas, creating a subtle divider. On the PC gaming side, custom light fittings have been created which look like large, colourful Lego bricks.
The lighter of the two rooms, dedicated to quieter play and reading, has a day-time theme with a beautiful landscape mural. This theme works well to connect this space to the outdoor play area that it opens onto. Cloud cut-outs made from acoustic panels hang from the ceiling, modulating the height of the space and giving it visual interest. A cosy reading ‘pod’ has been created in the centre of one of the walls of shelves, padded with plush cushioning.