Roughly 650 patients ages 16-26 are treated at any given time of the year at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and thanks to a generous donation from The Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, these millennials can enjoy a brand-new lounge space rich in community-building and patient-centric amenities.
With the Teen and Young Adult (TYA) Program, the concept of ‘hospital lounge’ has been completely reimagined. We transformed the TYA Lounge into a tech-driven, spatially considerate ecosystem reminiscent of a high-end college recreation room, complete with state-of-the-art gaming technology and a robust curatorial program of socially engaging stations.
Classic, stark hospital whites and beiges have been replaced with vibrant blues and pops of color which exude both warmth and energy. An open ceiling and industrial accents, including a metal curtain spiral staircase, keep the lounge casual and roomy. As guests enter the space through the existing lounge, they face an elaborate geometric pattern painted directly on the wall. Across the room is a movie projector screen serving as both a decorative art piece and a source of entertainment. A variety of seating types including ottomans, chairs and comfortable couches are spatially organized to encourage community and flexible use of the space.
The lounge is equipped for the digitally integrated lifestyles of today’s youth; features include multiple charging stations, the latest streaming services, and the latest in gaming technologies. We outfitted the space to accommodate multiple patients with seating arranged for social engagement in the “playground” area in the center of the room, while the perimeter of the lounge features spaces designed for solo activities. Young patients can snack at the well-stocked kitchenette, read books and magazines in the library space or immerse themselves in the two computer lab areas. A communal chalkboard art wall fosters creativity and serves as a welcome icebreaker for patients.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center