Nationwide Children’s Hospital

For a new lobby at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, LifeFormations engineered and built a magical forest full of bright green trees, animatronic bird houses, immersive sound, video projection effects, and interactive sculptural elements. Supporting NCH’s “Everything Matters” approach in family health, this forest provides hospital workers, visiting family members, and patients with a much-needed destination for relaxation and community.

Constructed of seven bright green, CNC- routed, and hand-carved trees reaching 34-feet high, the NCH forest buzzes with daily activity. While adults relax under the skylight canopy, children run and crawl through tree trunk openings, listen for birds in the animatronic birdhouses, and wave to the playful menagerie of sculpted animals hanging from the tree branches and the lobby ceiling. Colorful and interactive, the magic forest is a place of laughter and respite for all visitors.

Carrying the magical forest features into the patient areas, LifeFormations created a series of shadow boxes to serve as little windows into an imaginary world. Each featured stylized scenes with forest animals, and provided a positive or motivational phrase. We also created a giant mushroom with a rainbow colored light show that the staff can activate when a little extra positive energy is needed in one of the waiting areas.