ARG Studio’s ward at Hospital São João is a serene respite for children in treatment

A hospital visit is never fun. But cheerful design can make the experience less stressful, especially for children and their families.

That was one guiding principle behind the interiors of the new Pediatric Ward of Hospital São João in Porto, Portugal. In one section of the new facility, local architect ARG Studio designed a 3,800-square-foot (350-square-meter) multiroom leisure area for young people to play and relax between treatments.

The Pediatric Ward serves toddlers through teenagers, so the configuration and features of every space, from the library to the study hall to the gym and play rooms, had to account for young people of all ages. Each

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