The circadian lighting system used at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) medical behavioral unit – a ZGF-designed space – was featured this week in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Tuned to mimic the sun to synchronize patients’ natural sleep-wake rhythms, circadian lighting is fast becoming a trend not only in healthcare settings, but offices, warehouses and hotels.
Compared to all healthcare facility types, the physical environment of an in-patient behavioral-health unit, in particular, has the greatest potential to impact patient outcomes. Along with circadian lighting, biophilic design elements incorporated into the space at CHOP are intended to simultaneously orient, soothe and calm patients while offering visual interest and stimulation. Together, they extend the therapeutic benefits of treatment.