Few things are as daunting for children—and their parents—as going to the hospital to receive medical care. For the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s (PCH) new 11-story patient tower, designers at the Dallas-based architectural firm HKS offer young patients and their families welcoming distractions through color and movement.

The serene building exterior comes to life at sunset with purple LED lighting that recalls the Arizona desert’s night-blooming cactus flower. Inside, a three-story lobby stirs the imagination with lights in the floor and a wall of “water” created by textured surfaces and flowing, patterned light. Projected colored-light flowers dance on the wall, while fanciful animal sculptures in each elevator lobby and vibrant accents stimulate the senses.


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