Artist Kate Blee was appointed to engage with BDP Architects to incorporate an artistic approach to the design of the hospital reception areas.
This early appointment means that Kate’s work can be built into the space right from the beginning, which is both cost-effective and ensures a perfect fit between art and architecture.
To provide a welcoming entrance and first impression for people arriving at the hospital
To draw attention to the reception desk to help people navigate the hospital
Kate proposes to use a connected approach and similar materials across both buildings to create a warm, welcoming environment.
- Ceramic Tiles
In Building 1 Kate will be using the large columns in the reception area as the canvas for her artwork.
They will be clad in colourful, hand-made, ceramic tiles, embodying the mood and boldness of Brighton, and bringing joyfulness into the space.
In the Stage 2 Building, Kate will create a huge ceramic mural to act as a welcoming landmark and to enhance the 16m high wall which runs through the space.
Underneath the large mural, Kate has designed a contemporary oak bench seat with upholstered cushion pads to run across the width of the wall.
The seat will be both functional and stylish, providing a useful seating area for patients and visitors and keeping the bottom section of the wall free from clutter.
- Reception Desks
Kate is working with 3Ts architects BDP to help them develop ideas for the main hospital reception desks.
Her aim is to make these first arrival points really stand out and also for them to be welcoming and accessible.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kate Blee’s work is an exploration of colour relationships in a variety of mediums, from textiles through to glass and ceramics.