Children's hospital


In 2015 I worked on the project 'Anna lacht'

engl. 'Anna laughs' as the project leader of a group of four to develop and to implement a guiding system for the St. Anna Kinderspital (St. Anna children's hospital)  in Vienna. Besides the management part of the project, my work included  to develop the guiding system, paint a part of the guiding animals, to design the patient room logos and the look of the patient files.



The technique - Transfer fresco

The animals are painted in watercolour technique. The photos above show the progress and the implementation in the hospital. The hand painted animals were digitalised and mounted to wall through a special transfer technique called Transfer fresco. This technique creates a very realistic and picturesque look.



The challenge

The first task was to develop a guiding system which is timeless and appropriated for children.          

The developed concept: 


Realistic illustrations combined with a shadow which guides the visitor to the information point, and it also represents the strength of each animal. In the case of the giraffe it is speed. The mother animal is applied on the opposite wall to the baby giraffe.



Two cats got applied above an aquarium which is implemented on the children's hospital station. They way they were designed and applied -  looks like they are sitting on the top of the aquarium and trying to catch a fish.


The colours

The animals were categorised in three climate zones -  warm, mild and cold.  The shadows represent this areas and harmonize with the colors which were already given at the station.


Patient room logos

On the station 3A live twelve children, each is represented by a sleeping animal. This little friend should give hope and protection. Theses twelve illustrations were also hand painted in watercolour technique, using gouache colours to achieve a realistic and coherent look. The artwork was then digitalised, printed on sticker foil and cut out in the exact silhouettes of the animal. In the end all those twelve stickers were carefully attached to the little window of each patient's room.


The last image in the lower right corner shows the front cover of each patient's file, who is living on station 3A at the St. Anna Kinderspital. Those folders show the sleeping friend on it, as well as the room number and fitting colour depending on the geographical area the animal lives in.


Staff area

On this station is an area were children are not allowed to go to, to support that the design in this area should look different. The colours are similar to those used on the animal's shadows to keep it harmonic with the rest of the station.