The Sky Factory

The Sky Factory

Fairfield, IA


Kingwood Medical Women's & Children Center

On April 29, 2014, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) affiliate Kingwood Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of the South Tower and the three-story Women and Children’s Center with several biophilic illusions of nature installations to open up the enclosed neonatal environment.

This $80 million, 155,400 square-foot expansion, included 4 custom 18-foot Luminous SkyCeiling circles on the first floor. These biophilic illusions of nature were incorporated into the architectural design to create a palpable feeling of openness in the enclosed hallways that connect 8 high-risk antepartum suites, 12 spacious labor and delivery suites, and a 24-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, among other specialty rooms.

The color temperature of the daylight-quality artificial light uses to illuminate the high-resolution digital photography (high CRI 6500K) and the patented elevators that recess the SkyTiles away from the rest of the ceiling create a palpable illusion of overhead skies while altering our perception of depth in enclosed interiors.

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Status: Built
Location: Kingwood, TX, US
Firm Role: Manufacturing by the Sky Factory
Additional Credits: Architectural design by Linda Marzialo of Gould Turner & Associates,.