Kay Research and Care Center

, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Memphis, TN

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Feature Wall
Patient Room
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Patient Room
Staff lounge
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Discovery wall

St. Jude treats the toughest childhood cancers and pediatric diseases, so we created an immersive and experiential design to spark children's imagination, distracting them from the stress of their lengthy hospital stays by inspiring and supporting play.

Each of the three renovated floors houses 17 family suites with home-like rooms for parents and patients. Play and imagination abound through the Interactive shadow boxes and "Discovery Walls" that line the corridors. Each features nine flat-panel LCD displays programmed for gestural interactive play. And every floor uses environmental graphics, custom interactive games, and interior design elements to offer a unique experience – Nature's Orchestra, Discover the Sea, and Explore Space. Will your child go on safari, swim in the ocean, or blast off to the moon?

But the adventure doesn't stop there. The design reimagines the 50-foot-long corridors leading from elevators to treatment areas as interactive "Journey Walls" with LED curtains and immersive audiovisual systems.

And there are spaces for all ages. You'll discover young kids getting creative in playrooms, pre-teens watching movies, and teenagers chatting in conversation areas.

This high-tech, interactive environment caters to children and teenagers of the modern age and makes imagination and play integral parts of the healing process.

Evans Taylor Foster Childress was Architect of Record.

Building Facts

  • Fit-up of shell space, 90,000 SF
  • Three floors
  • 17 family suites
  • Limitless imagination
  • Family Suites, Imagination Room, Pre-Teen Room, Teen Room
  • Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Experiential Graphic and Environmental Graphics, Furniture
Cinema looking space called the Imagine Room with photo of Saturn in background

Room for Imagination

The centrally located Imagine Room, whose interactive screen curves into the ceiling, allows children to enjoy virtual experiences such as soaring through space, flying above trees, or swimming with fish. Comfortably furnished with cinema seating for movies and interactive light shows, the space also features a stage for imaginative play.

I was inspired by the stories shared by the patients and families to deliver a magical holistic healing environment that would encourage and comfort them throughout their journey.

Robin Kirkman
Robin Kirkman Lead Interior Designer

Just Imagine...

Immersive and interactive elements set the stage for healing journeys of the imagination in this video from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Environmental Graphic Design introduces a touch of play to distract children from the stresses of hospitalization.

Awards & Honors

  1. Best of the Best- Large Healthcare

    International Interior Design Association

  2. Best of the Best (Overall)

    International Interior Design Association

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