The Horatio’s Garden Charity are involved in forming very beautiful gardens at spinal units of orthopaedic hospitals. At present there are six Horatio Gardens with the aim of providing a new garden and garden rooms at all spinal units. The great benefits of a garden for both staff and patients cannot be underestimated and the garden provides an experience beyond the confines of internal ward space
We worked with landscape architect Tom Stuart Smith, who formed two garden areas. Our role was to design the garden rooms which provide shelter and shade.
There are two types of space, The garden cubes and the garden room. Garden cubes are designed to allow patients with limited movement maximum views of the garden planting and water as well as the sky. The spaces are thought of as garden sheds with carefully positioned windows as well as opening out to the garden with large corner doors.
The garden room is a communal space for meeting and indoor gardening, again the windows are located at specific surrounding positions. The gardeners office has a series of coloured louvres for privacy and shape.
Stephen Marshall Architects