Great Ormond Street Hospital

Designmap were appointed by GOSH Arts to design and build a series of interactive installations for the waiting areas in Great Ormond Street Hospital’s new state of the art outpatients and research facility.

The installations, aimed at children and family groups, are intended to be both an entertaining distraction and an informative experience.

We worked extensively with hospital staff, science teams and patient groups to evolve the concepts.

The interactive housing designs are inspired by cells and cell mitosis. The interactives themselves employ both hands-on and digital technologies and explore a range of topics including: The tree of life, DNA, cells and the body, inheritance, the human genome, genetic faults and gene editing.

A key requirement of the project was to engage with a wide age range - from as young as three to 18. This was achieved by ensuring that each theme has both a simple physical element and a more involved digital interactive, where greater detail is provided and more complex ideas explored.