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Turning a hospital into a child friendly place.

The Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis in Delft moved to a new hospital in 2015. For the child and youth departments in the new building, Fabrique developed an environment that offers children some much-needed distraction and relaxation.


Create a concept for the child and youth departments of our hospital that encourages interaction and movement. Because children should be surrounded by a stimulating environment. Even – especially – in hospital.

Reinier de Graaf brochure Fabrique


With the theme ‘Make the world of the Reinier de Graaf your own’ we challenge children to create their own world. We came up with five different worlds that are linked thematically. The worlds keep coming back to the basic elements of air, land and water; elements which are also used throughout the rest of the hospital.

We help the worlds come to life through stories and drawings. In our stories we mix reality and fiction, connect past and present. Wall-sized illustrations from Merijn Hos of the five stories can be seen along the corridors of the children's wards.

We leave enough spaces open, so that the children themselves can colour in their imagination. The illustrations provide an opportunity for interactivity. With various games and materials, we support the children to create their own world, relax and just play. Children can dive into the worlds and transform into a pirate, policeman, DJ or astronaut. The main objective is that they can build on the stories in their own way. The children are the boss!

Reinier de Graaf mapping Fabrique


Five worlds are created, in which children are the hero. In time, we will bring further life to the worlds with play equipment, life-sized colouring books, apps, games and audio books.

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