The 'Marianna V. Vardinoyannis - ELPIDA' Children’s Oncology Hospital is a model hospital of its kind. It features the most modern infrastructure, the most advanced medical equipment, specialized and experienced medical and nursing staff, and child-friendly aesthetic. EB/Architects were assigned, by the Lead Designer BETAPLAN SA, the task of designing the interiors of the hospital with the ambition of creating a space that would protect the sensitive soul of the children.
A character was invented, a little girl named Elpida, which is the Greek word for Hope, and became the pivotal element of the interior design concept.
The concept evolved to a story, narrating the journey of little Elpida around the world.
Wallpapers and coverings, floor decorations, printed images depicting monuments and figures that are familiar to children, were spread around the interiors of the buildings, each of the buildings paying tribute to a different continent, each corner to a different country.
In every stop of her journey Elpida (Hope) sends postcards back to her friends in the hospital, urging them to imagine the better days ahead, when their treatment will be successfully over, and their hope to join her in her trip around the world will become a reality.
The primary goal is for the children to be accompanied – during their treatment's difficult journey – by the magic of fairy tales that put a smile on their faces.
This aesthetic approach and its use in hospital spaces is considered an innovation internationally.