The future of healthcare is prevention. That’s the idea behind Lab100, a prototype clinic designed by Brooklyn-based Cactus for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Best known for its digital and experiential projects for the likes of Samsung, Beyoncé and Nike, Cactus set out to rethink the way healthcare is delivered. At Lab100, (healthy) patients are tested and given feedback on their physical conditions, alerting them to potential problems and providing a personalized wellness plan.

While artificial intelligence makes it all possible, Lucas Werthein and Noah Waxman of Cactus are quick to point out that the goal of the design was to ‘humanize’ the 150-sq-m space. ‘Otherwise,’ said Waxman, ‘our experiences of both technology and healthcare can be horrible.’ The solution was to ‘kill data entry’, instead breaking up the patient’s visit into a number of ‘stations’ where tests take place. Visually presented information becomes a trigger for human interaction: ‘Effectively, patients spend an hour with the doctor,’ explained Werthein, emphasizing that they aimed to ‘make everything fun and transparent.’

The team ‘embedded’ the project’s many screens into the space by aligning them with windows and blending them into the walls, producing an ambient digital glow that’s combined with abundant daylight. Geometric forms unify the various elements of the design, with futuristic white surfaces warmed and enlivened by wood.

‘It’s not about using technology for technology’s sake,’ added Waxman. ‘Developing the physical design along with the technology from day one created a seamless result.’

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