Crumlin Children's Hospital Playroom

Plus Architecture, Dublin, 2014


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Respite and play room for sick children and their families

‘Alice’s Wonderland Foundation’ is a charity set up by a family who sadly lost their daughter Alice to leukaemia nearly six years ago. During the final years of her illness a close bond was formed between the hospital and the family and after much negotiations the hospital agreed to give them a room on the newly refurbished cancer ward to convert into a respite room for patients and their families.

The room itself had all the properties of a clinical environment; white walls, beige linoleum floor, ceiling tiles and harsh lighting.

Using this room, the brief was to create a space that was completely unlike the hospital environment. A room that would serve as a fun, happy place that would help both the children and their families momentarily forget about their everyday struggle and illness.


  • Begun: Jan 2014
  • Completed: Apr 2014
  • Floor area: 40m2
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £35,000
  • Funding: Charity fundraising
  • Tender date: Nov 2013
  • Procurement: RIAI short form
  • Address: Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, 12, Ireland

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