Moscow intends to open its first children’s hospice, called Beacon House, Moscow Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov said. It will be located near the Garden Ring at 30 Dolgorukovskaya Street in a building that used to be a school.
The ground floor will be used for children and teenagers up to 17 years old, the first floor will be given to young men and women between 17 and 25 years, and the remaining two floors will be occupied by mobile teams and the methodology department.
The ground floor will also have a swimming pool, and a winter garden will be created on the first floor so that children can remain in touch with nature throughout the year. The building will have lots of natural light.
Mr Kuznetsov said the concept was based on the story of a Japanese girl suffering from leukemia who made paper cranes in order to overcome her illness. The architectural details will be inspired by the art of origami: window frames will be designed as bits of multicoloured paper.
“Night lights will be built into brick walls to symbolise the light and warmth children will find in the hospice,” Mr Kuznetsov added.
The architects tried to move away from a regular floor plan of hospital or a hotel, and design the hospice in such a way as to make its young patients feel a little better and create a patient-friendly environment that will help them fight their illness. In addition, children will have the possibility to do art work any time they like. For instance, the hospice will have drawing walls, and its furniture can be used to build forts and houses. It will also have playrooms and classrooms.
The hospice will have a floor area of 5,000 square metres with 2,000 square metres added to the existing building.
The project is being fully financed by donations, Mr Kuznetsov said.