Project team:

Client: Hans Kaufmann, Head of Property Management at the Bethesda Foundation
Architect: Raumformat – Andreas Tobler
Lighting design: Reflexion AG – project
management: Grischa Witt


Products applied:

Torino LED luminaires, Regen

06. Jun 2014

Biologically and emotionally effective lighting

Text: Joachim Ritter

Thanks to its new and innovative lighting concept the maternity clinic at Bethesda Hospital in Basle has become something of a trendsetter on the Swiss healthcare scene. Colour temperature and light levels are aligned to natural lighting conditions over the day to support the human circadian rhythm and generate a feeling of well-being.

“Besides providing good medical care, which is what our hospital stands for, we wanted to create an oasis of well-being with a hotel feel about it for the expectant mothers, the women who are spending a few days in the clinic after giving birth, plus their families, as well as an attractive work environment for our staff,” says Hans Kaufmann, Head of Property Management at the Bethesda Foundation. And it was certainly worth taking a new approach for the refurbishment programme: according to hospital management, since they opened the new clinic in September 2013 the thirteen rooms have been occupied practically throughout – and well received. The new and innovative lighting concept has succeeded in creating a quality and added value that bring the spaces to life. Maternity clinics in Switzerland are all privately run. Pregnant women choose the clinic where they would like to have their baby in advance and the decision of the vast majority is generally based on emotional factors, such as well-being and feeling welcome and looked after. It is the atmosphere that counts – which is why all involved in the Bethesda Hospital project can confirm they were right in opting for the concept which was ultimately realised. On the basis of findings relating to the biological effect of light – which supports our circadian rhythm – colour temperatures and light levels are programmed to change naturally in the course of the day from a cooler 5400K around midday through to a warm 2700K in the evening. The lighting design is in line with the recommendations laid down in the new DIN Spec 67600 design guidelines, which have been available for a year now. The light level can be dimmed to 30 per cent in the evenings and in the night, and increased to 100 per cent in the daytime. “This dynamic scheme is aligned to the daily hospital routine our staff are used to and this also helps the families when they take a break or are recovering from the birth,”Ute Richter, Head of the Maternity Ward, explains. In parts of the clinic where staff need to be awake round the clock (reception and midwives’ unit) the colour temperatures and light levels are specially adjusted. […]


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