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Senior Interior Designer, Bradley Schott from dwpIsuters, explores the value of flooring in communicating health informatics as with their recent project, The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Macquarie University.

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What was the overall the design objective and brief for the AIHI project? 

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is a leading researcher in the relatively new field of Health Informatics. Health Informatics searches for patterns in large data sets to reveal trends that predict health outcomes. Their design objectives are to reflect AIHI’s status as a leading edge health researcher, to attract the very best researchers from the University and medical professions, and reinforce a transformation from a closed academic culture to a modern, collaborative and independent organisation.

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Once you had received the brief from the client, how did you approach this design? What was your process of thinking? 

 The complex ideas and data sets that AIHI work with were a fascinating place to begin a concept. AIHI’s investigations of ‘Patterns & Connections, Directions & Trends’ within complex datasets are reflected in our planning and detailing. Connections within the organisation are visible in the planning – clear axes with exterior views at each end, maximising daylight penetration and view sharing; directing staff and visitors through the spaces and uniting a complex program. Balancing this exploration of complexity, a restrained, practical palette is chosen, with the concept expressed in the details of its application. Conversely, simple devices such as a rug or wall panels are overlaid with complex patterns, creating fascinating details and a welcoming, comfortable human scale.

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What was your inspiration behind selecting the Human Nature Interface collection? 

The Human Nature collection appears to have the infinite complexity of nature and biology, yet has an underlying order that allows for manufacture. It is, quite literally, the physical embodiment of the ideas behind Health Informatics! We chose this carpet because of this complexity, perfectly aligning with our design concept and providing warmth and detail, yet never dominating the space.

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How did you find designing with the Skinny Plank format? 

Laying the planks in an ashlar format provides a subtle directionality that reinforces two main circulation axes. The ashlar format in combination with the complex design helps conceal the logic of the pattern, so that across the floor the carpet becomes a continuous field. The effect is like Travertine stone, having both order and complexity embodied within.

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