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                                                                             Tunnelabschnittes, den wir auf der Ausstellung im Maßstab 1:1 dargestellt haben. Das
                                    Hochschule Mainz                         dort bekundete allgemeine Interesse und posi tive Feedback der Ausstellungsgäste war
                                                                             für uns wie für die Universitätsmedizin Mainz und natürlich für Sterntaler e. V. ein voller
                                                    Erfolg. Wenige Wochen später war die Summe für die Realisierung zu unser aller Freude
                                    1971 Gründung der Hochschule             dank finanzieller Unterstützung privater und institutioneller Spender zusammengekom-
                                    rund 5.488 Studierende (Stand 2016/17)   men. In Zukunft wird also ein virtueller Papier flieger die Kinder auf ihrer Reise begleiten
                                                                             und seine Bahnen durch die „Wolkendecke“ ziehen. Er weist ihnen spielerisch den Weg
                                                                             und nimmt ihnen die Sorgen und Ängste. Die Intensität der Inszenierung nimmt dabei
                                                                             im Laufe der Fahrt schrittweise ab und gibt so dem Patienten die Möglichkeit, sich fallen
                                                                             zu lassen und möglichst entspannt den OP zu erreichen.

                                                                             T  he space to be designed is an underground passageway in the Mainz University
                                                                                Medical Center which links the paediatric-surgery ward with the necessary oper-
                                                                             ating theatre. All the pre- and post-operative patients of the children’s ward have to be
                                                                             moved through this passageway. The tunnel has an approximate length of 200 metres.
                                                                             With the clear height of 3.65 metres, this resulted in an overall surface of more than
                                                                             1,500 square metres we had to design. The goal was to make use of specific design
                                                                             measures for improving the spatial atmosphere of the connecting passageway. It was
                                                                             very important to consider all the user groups in the concept. Besides being the spatial
                                                                             link from the ward to the operating theatre, the connecting passage also serves as the
                                                                             supply route for various hospital commodities. The functional standards as to the inter-
                                                                             nal infrastructure required specific stability and robustness, particularly when it comes
                                                                             to the floor and the lower wall areas. Yet our main focus was on the design of the route
                                                                             which the children notice while they are being moved. Since most of the patients are
                                                                             moved while lying down, they look mainly at the ceiling and the upper wall area.

               Piktogramm • Pictogram                                        Paper airplanes communicate playful lightness
               Der Ist-Zustand des unterirdischen Gangs • The current state of the underground corridor
                                                                             Our guiding idea for the design is the paper airplane! It is recognizable for both the
                                                                             young and the elderly and, with its simplicity and its charm, communicates playful
                                                                             lightness to all age groups. This image offers us specific dynamics for freely moving in
                                                                             the room and, thanks the “natural habitat” of a paper airplane in the air, also covers
                                                                             the essential areas: the ceiling and the upper wall. The concept based on it consists of
                                                                             several levels of design which, in their combination, create a harmonious impression.
                                                                             The most important spatial level is the metal structure extending through the whole
                                                                             corridor like a cloud cover. Modular, malleable metal components function as a
                                                                             screening level between the patient and the cold, functional-looking existing ceiling.
                                                                             The cloud structure mainly decorates the ceiling area but, in some places, also extends
                                                                             down the upper part of the wall. This element creates a perfect stage for the paper air-
                                                                             plane and is furthermore the only spatial object of our design which very much suits
                                                                             us as to the costs and the assembly.

                                                                             The test setup was a complete success

                                                                             After various small tests inside a university building, the ten-metre mock-up at the
                                                                             Rheinland-Pfalz-Ausstellung in March 2016 was our first actual test setup. For the first
                                                                             time, it was possible to try out the combination of attaching the modules, the effect
               Das 1:1-Modell auf der Rheinland-Pfalz-Ausstellung • The full-scale model at the Rheinland-Pfalz-Ausstellung
                                                                             and the direction of the light as well as the projection of the paper airplane and opti-
                                                                             mize it in the process. For the test setup at the exhibition, there was a ten-metre con-
                                                                             necting passage between two halls available which the exhibition operators lovingly
                                                                             called “the mood passage”. At the end of our little tunnel, we used a resulting spatial
                                                                             niche to explain our idea with various design sketches and photographs of the existing
                                                                             passage. Here, for example, a highlight was the black box which allowed the visitors a
                                                                             look at the model with its light installation. For the first time, the actual dimension of
                                                                             the passageway became clear for many visitors. Also easily visible was the location of
                                                                             the tunnel section we represented on a full scale at the exhibition. The general interest
                                                                             shown there and the positive feedback from the exhibition visitors was a huge success
                                                                             for us as well as for the Mainz University Medical Center and, of course, for Sterntaler
                                                                             e.V. We were all very pleased when, just a few weeks later, the sum total for the imple-
                                                                             mentation was collected thanks to the financial support by private and institutional
                                                                             donors. In future, a virtual paper airplane will thus accompany the children on their
                                                                             journey and will pass overhead through the “cloud cover”. In a playful manner, it will
                                                                             show them their way and reduce their worries and fears. In the course of the journey,
                                                                             the intensity of the production decreases step by step and thus allows the patients to
                                                                             let go and arrive at the operating theatre as relaxed as possible.

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