Intra is a world leading provider of image-guided healthcare. For their tenancy in a new building on the Southern Cross Wairau Road campus, Intra came to Klein with a vision to develop a world-class interventional angiography suite.
The project is a highly successful collaboration between Klein (as architect) and Paterson Architecture Collective (as interior designer). The key design focus was the patient experience, aligning with Intra's philosophy of being ‘clean, precise and proven’. The project also demanded health design expertise and innovative problem solving along with an intricate knowledge of the client's workflow, in part to accommodate over 490m² of scheduled space into a 430m² tenancy.
As technology enables less invasive medical procedures, average recovery times shorten and patients are often able to walk out of the theatre immediately after a procedure. This encouraged a rethink of the design of the recovery spaces; instead of isolated recovery cubicles, Intra patients find themselves rejuvenating in a light-filled lounge with Scandinavian furniture and expansive views of Rangitoto Island, while Intra staff tend to the patients from the organically-shaped hub nearby.
The angiography laboratory provides a clean, calming and friendly experience. The 'live night sky' ceiling twinkles subtly during a procedure, putting the patient at ease. It is the first of its kind in the world and is set among some of the latest medical imaging technology available.
Both the front and back of house areas exhibit the same attention to detail; the sculptural form of the anegre timber veneer reception and nurse hub provide a unique focus upon entry and anchor point for the clinic, while the bed head panels are custom routed with a 3-dimensional chevron design. Staff spaces embrace darker blue tones, balanced by birch timber cabinetry and accents of bright yellows and oranges.