Ronald McDonald House Charities helps families of seriously ill children, by offering them a home-away-from-home environment. This space was designed to be not only functional, but also playful, hoping to inject a sense of normality into their daily lives and allow them to connect with other families in similar circumstances.
This design creates that sense of playfulness through the use of curved and irregular shaped spaces and an area for families to relax, children to play, and people to connect in spaces full of natural light, natural materials and nature.
The large play zone has been designed to engage children of all ages, giving them a place to continue to engage, learn and grow. More importantly, this play space has been designed to allow parents the ability to not only supervise their children, but also relax whilst doing so, via the inclusion of a sunken lounge area that allows full visibility of all areas within the play zone.
The functional kitchen and dining space is a large, light-filled open area with high sculptural ceilings, abundant plant life and surrounding timber battens.
Blues, greens and yellows, the colours of nature, are used throughout all areas. Additionally, circles, curves and soft edges are also the threads that connect the design.
The layout features numerous breakout zones, like small lounge areas for families that require some privacy, a gym to ensure we can offer continuous health and wellbeing, small offices and a learning room, as well as plenty of plants, including an indoor garden, to increase air quality and bring nature inside.
Overall the design takes into account the fact that parenting healthy children is tiring, let alone combining this with parenting an ill child. The space aims to offer of a sense of calm, a little bit of joy and an essence of security in a time when families need it the most.