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As expectations mount for the healthcare sector, FunderMax continues to meet the challenge


Architecture’s role in the healing process


Style and substance are crucial in creating the perfect healthcare environment. To be at the forefront of design and at the


same time, meet the stringent requirements of the healthcare sector, presents a tremendous challenge for manufacturers and planners. In addition to their primary function -


treating sick and injured people - hospitals also need to operate like a business, by becoming more and more efficient, environmentally friendly, financially aware and generally leaner. The current trend in interior design


(with an emphasis on texture and distinctive materials) demands a careful and extremely skilful implementation, particularly for the hospital sector. The specific hygiene needs also requires a high degree of creativity and intuition. Boards with specially developed surfaces which blend design, durability and practicality, offer a great solution for these challenges.


Max Resistance²: The Ultimate Lab Grade Compact – Now also available as a HPL (1mm)


Delivering extreme resistance to even the most aggressive chemicals and daily lab chal- lenges, Max Resistance2


is ideal for creating


contemporary, cost effective hospital environ- ments. Purpose designed to meet the toughest challenges, this compact laminate offers absolute dependability and immeasurable benefits. Fully enclosed and joint free, it’s also permanently resistant to moisture. Paul Hughes, Director of Sales UK, talks about the extended portfolio. ’We’re really


Wilhelmine Hospital © Kurt Kuball


pleased with this latest introduction to the Max Resistance² line up, as it truly opens up design possibilities for the sector. As far as I’m aware no-one else on the market is offering anything like this, so it marks a step change for the industry, and once again FunderMax is leading the way.’ Ideal for all kinds of labs, it really is the best


in its class. With its double cured urethane acrylic coating it not only offers exceptional chemical resistance, it's also easy to clean and maintain and is completely unaffected by the chemicals it comes into contact with. A well functioning care system requires


carefully thought out solutions. Today, it's the interplay between technology, information and practicality which has become the key focus. As architect Thomas Wawris (Meissl Architects, Vienna) asserts: "A further challenge for the planner is how to create a modern, effective workplace with highly technical equipment in the back- ground - This needs to become the common denominator within a new central idea.” Structurally, well thought-out solutions, are integral to the success in creating


inspirational, dependable interior designs for the hospital and medical sectors.


The goal is recovery


"As architects, we advocate a move away from the more institutional hospital towards a more inspirational and holistic healthcare environment - A building which promotes the recovery and treatment of patients within a pleasant atmosphere, where family members and friends can aid the process,” Thomas Wawris continues.


Good architecture & well-being go hand-in-hand


In recent years so much research has been conducted into the importance of ‘good archi- tecture’ and its effects on well-being.’ Intelligent architecture and design can help to ensure a positive prognosis for the future of healthcare by creating buildings that are good for body and mind. In no scenario is this more important than the provision of treat- ment or support for those dealing with illness or trauma.’


Applications


Ideal for all situations where the absolute cleanliness of a highly resistant surface is demanded, Max Resistance² delivers. Find out more:


07946 545733 samantha.palmer@fundermax.biz


www.fundermax.at/en/interior/compact- boards/detail/max-resistance.html


Wilhelmine Hospital © Kurt Kuball


www.architonic.com/en/story/alyn-griffiths- support-structures-architecture-s-role-in-the- healing-process/7000572


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