Pediatric STAR Unit

Boston Medical Center
Completed: 2008
Boston, MA

The new, aptly named STAR Unit at Boston Medical Center is a pediatric pain management and infusion center for children with chronic conditions. The space consists of an open infusion area with treatment spaces directly adjacent.

For children with painful chronic conditions, treatment can be both confusing and frightening. In designing the Star Unit, we sought to create a space that would counter this impression and provide a positive distraction during infusion.

To this end, we contrived a ceiling with color changing tiles—like colorful stars—that engages young patients and diverts their attention from their procedures. These tiles foster a playful, comforting atmosphere that helps soothe children with chronic conditions.