Wayfinding and navigation

Why wayfinding matters

As specifiers know all too well wayfinding is an extremely important issue for visitors, staff and service users in hospitals—wayfinding and navigation affect many areas within, and not just reception and entrance areas. It’s important that wayfinding issues are considered throughout the environment, including corridors, wards, patient rooms and bathrooms.

Effective wayfinding

It’s not enough to add splashes of color here and there. Effective wayfinding, such as marking changes in zones or even sinks and toilets from the rest of the room, helps people navigate unfamiliar environments and gets them to their destination.  We work with you to include floors and walls to create an easy to navigate environment.  

Effective wayfinding in hospitals 

Using floors in different colors or designs can serve as a directional tool and create pathways, helping people identify routes, especially in busy circulation areas. Flooring can also be used to encourage preferred routes and natural transition between spaces, helping differentiate between public and private areas, and alert people to ‘no entry’ zones. 

Artwork

In a hospital, images and artwork on the walls can also be beneficial for service users, staff and visitors. It can lend a special identity, individuality and character to the area. 
Artwork can be used as a tool to bring biophilic principles into the space, and it can also create landmarks and features to help with navigation. 

Altro Whiterock Digiclad allows you to create a bespoke design on the Altro Whiterock wall sheet. This could include a logo, lettering or artwork to support wayfinding. 

Wayfinding example