The Cystic Fibrosis Department in the University Hospital Limerick is a new state-of-the-art two-floor in-patient and out-patient unit for adults with cystic fibrosis on the third floor of the Leben Building. It’s a functional space and works well on a day-to-day basis though the department lacks any sense of place, significance or individual expression. The circulation spaces are featureless, lacking vibrancy or colour for the clients or staff. It is proposed to create an environment that is dynamic, multi layered and timeless.
What we did:
- Art direction
- Spatial Design
THE CREATION PROCESS — Inspired by the words calm, consistent, unobstructed we wanted to create a generative graphic creation process that would reflect the translucent organic qualities of floating sea creatures. We explored various techniques including photographic cyanotypes, seeping ink on paper and the mixing of ink and water. When a surfactant (wetting agent or soap) is dropped on an oil based ink sitting on the water’s surface the ink spreads instantaneously to create a marbling effect. Each dropping action delivers a wholly unique result.
THE RESULT — We illuminated, photographed and layered this process to create a series of base images to illustrate from. We created a series of clean, sharp, translucent vector illustrations that flow and ebb organically and reflect the repeatable patterns we find in nature. In situ, the contrast of sharp edge lines and organic shapes provide a pleasing contrast. Each element of the illustrations are familiar yet wholly unique. The project was initiated and rolled out by Hugh Kelly Architects.