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Soundscape of the New Children’s Hospital

Project title

Soundscape of the New Children’s Hospital

Description of initiative

The New Children’s Hospital in Helsinki is the largest children’s clinic in Finland having patients coming from all over the country. The hospital won the 2018 Finlandia Prize for Architecture shortly after it was given into use. The soundscape of the New Children’s Hospital was designed and implemented by Sound in New Media, Master of Arts, students from Aalto University’s Media Lab under the instruction of University Lecturer, Antti Ikonen. The soundscape is generative and the 60-channel IP-audio sound system covers all floors and elevators of the building. The sounds are designed according to the visual themes of the floors aiming at a soothing experience which also makes the hospital feel friendly for the children. The soundscape won the Grand Prix of International Sound Awards in 2019. The project is ongoing and the soundscape is developed and fine-tuned utilising feedback from both visitors and employees of the hospital.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Individual well-being
Quality of spaces and built environments
Quality of social relations


hospital, university, chilldren, soundscape, design

Target group

Children | Early age

Cultural field

Architecture | Multimedia, new media, digital


2018 - 2018

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt



Aalto University Media Lab
Public / State | Culture