Art Should Be Considered In The Schematic Design Phase


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So many vital details are looked at in the schematic design phase. Everything from structure, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and interior and exterior finishes are laid out in rough site plans and renderings. But what if there was one important detail that was left out? What if it were an important detail that could dramatically affect the inhabitants that will ultimately use this space? What if it were an important detail that could reduce stress, pain, fear, and improve well-being just by its presence? What if we told you that important detail is art?

So much is taken into account in this phase, but yet the artwork that will fill that space is often an after-thought.  Studies have shown in healthcare settings that certain art can help patients handle their pain, fear and stress and improve well-being and can also extend to the staff and visitors. Art can be used as a means to encourage engagement, community, and improve morale as well as enhance the aesthetic component of the environment. It can elicit emotional and physical responses and facilitate engagement in behaviors and emotions. For example, in Senior Living, whether a patient, caretaker or visitor, carefully selected art contributes to the experience that engages everyone as soon as they walk through the door. Art can educate, motivate, and create a sense of place for those who use the facilities.
Sculptures incorporated into the planning allows for the pieces to flow seamlessly throughout the space it occupies with fewer installation logistics issues.
  • Art printed on acoustic tiles helps to minimize noise while increasing the aesthetics.
  • Used as wayfinding, art provides ease of movement throughout a floor plan
  • Art placement incorporated into the early plans allows for a greater harmony between art and the necessary equipment on the wall.
  • Predetermining your art placement allows the lighting plan to focus on your art areas.
Introducing the art company during the early phases of architectural development expands the team to ensure an integration of art and design. The art company can provide insight into artists, images, substrates, sizes, timelines, hardware, etc. A more integrated art and design team opens us possibilities for more creative designs using limited edition and original art.