Image: '2001-12-02 01-03 Neuseeland 382' Allie_Caulfield
Here are Deborah Davis and my thoughts on the details of the virtual birth unit we are designing for Second Life. This is our first brain storm so I am sure we will make a lot of changes as we go along. I would love to hear what you think, keeping in mind the design features I have talked about in previous posts.
We want the building to have a New Zealand feel so we are thinking that we would renovate an old colonial building, so it will look a little like Ffythe House at Kaikoura.
- not sure about external colour
- veranda/deck with honeysuckle or similar trailing around it. Here is another view of Ffythe House.
- sustainable vegetable garden, growing a few simple vegetables that don;t need much looking after - for staff and families to help themselves to
- flower garden, with water feature and natural New Zealand plants
- external lighting - solar
Wooden floors throughout unit. Easy to clean, but can be covered with washable rugs to give more warmth and comfort.
- solar heating and hot water
- under floor heating
- heating in each birthing room can be altered in the room
- ventilation eg air conditioning
To create a cosy 'cave' effect.
- Room 1 - Rose Madder
- Room 2 - DH Drab
- ceilings - white
- skirting boards, windows, door frames - wood
- must not have yellow paint because it makes the babies look like they have jaundice
CD player, that can be individually controlled.
Doors and windows
- external door that opens out to garden that looks like this. Here is a photo that shows the entrance to Ffythe House.
- windows to match door
- window/door covering - timber venetian blinds
- heavy drapes that can be pulled across to create 'cave effect' even in the middle of the day
- colour - Pale Lemon Colour
- surrounds - door, windows etc - white
I would love to hear what you think, and if you have any alternative suggestions.