Vol 6, No 3 (2015) > Architecture >

Visibility Analysis of Hospital Inpatient Ward

Mikhael Johanes, Paramita Atmodiwirjo

 

Abstract:

The objective of this study is to evaluate the
performance of hospital inpatient ward spatial configuration in relation to
visibility. Visibility is an important aspect in a hospital inpatient ward, and
could support healthcare performance. Visibility is required in an inpatient
ward for the purposes of control, surveillance, interaction and communication
among patients and nurses, and it could be affected by the spatial
configuration of the ward. Based on isovist as a way to visualize the visual
experience in surrounding environments, we developed an analytical tool to
evaluate the visibility of an inpatient ward in a planned university teaching
hospital. The findings illustrate the visibility as experienced by the users in
the everyday operation of the hospital ward. Some recommendations for
improvement were suggested to the existing spatial configuration for better
visibility.

Keywords: Inpatient ward; Isovist; Spatial configuration; Visibility

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