The Art of Imagination

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Behind the Design
The Art of Imagination

Children’s Hospital de Cancer de Barretos designed by Marie Wikoff. Here, patients can gather around to watch a movie while lounging on a giant bean bag chair. The ceiling above mimics a large aquarium which helps to create a relaxed, therapeutic environment.

When designing a children’s hospital one hopes to create an inviting space that encourages, inspires, soothes and positively influences the patients, families, doctors and staff.  Incorporating certain design elements such as color, shapes, and technology can help to create a better way for children to experience healthcare.

When Marie, owner of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, NV was asked to design Hospital de Cancer de Barretos, she was thrilled.  Wikoff specializes in healthcare design and is well-known for her work at Renown Children’s Hospital.  Her goal was to collaborate with the crew at Hospital de Cancer de Barretos to come up with an innovative design that would integrate state of the art technology and provide patients with a hospital experience that would inspire recovery and sooth the anxiety caused by the painful process of treatments and long stays.

Here, you can see how Wikoff uses color, art, and technology to mimic nature and  create a relaxed, fun and therapeutic environment.   Artistic technology provided by The Sky Factory help the walls and ceiling come alive and spark the imagination of patients and their families.

Children’s Hospital de Cancer de Barretos designed by Marie Wikoff of Wikoff Design Studio. Here, artistic technology provided by The Sky Factory is used to create a therapeutic, healing, and fun environment for Children.


Bringing the outdoors in helps to create a relaxed, therapeutic environment that soothes the anxiety of long treatments and immobility, sparks the imagination and inspire playtime…an important aspect of a child’s life.






  1. Bill
    June 20, 2013

    Another beautiful project.

  2. Yolanda
    August 5, 2013

    I think it’s wonderful how they used all those elements to create such an enchanting atmosphere, and most of all because it’s for children. It’s amazing how simple details can make such a difference. Love it!


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