The «5th wall» submitted by Constantinos Hoursoglou, Alban Thomas and Sabine André, is a flexible and organic screen suspended above the beds of patients. Its purpose is to enhance the quality of life of patients on a daily basis while preserving their intimate sphere.
The trio were able to use the expertise of Clinique de La Source in Lausanne to understand the architectural and technical constraints of the project. They have further partnered with companies like Dupont, EuropSails and Somfy.
«Hello Mask» submitted by Sacha Sidjanski, is a prototype of a transparent mask for hospital attendees. Its purpose is to enhance the communication between patients, friends and family, and the personnel. The project was born out of a meeting between Sasha Sidjanski and Diane Baatard, a storyteller for hospitalized children.
The team «Hello Mask», based in the EssentialTech Centre of EPFL, reached out to EMPA, the Swiss Institute of Materials in St. Gallen and obtained compelling results with specific materials. Besides this scientific validation they added a member to their team who has a vast industrial and regulatory experience in the domain of masks for hospitals.