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Biophilic Design in Light of Art, Neuroscience, and Technology

The Sky’s the Limit at Texas Innovation Center

The nation's largest virtual atrium generates occupant wellness and enhances productivity.

Written by: David Navarrete

Committed to staff well-being, the St. David’s Foundation in Austin, TX, chose Sky Factory to design a simulated atrium for its Conference and Innovation Center. The installation features the award-winning Revelation SkyCeiling. 


The 20-foot by 18-foot virtual skylight overlooks a large interior stairway, framing the upward view from the lower floors. This architectural illusion of nature creates a magnificent view of open sky using a color temperature that mimics daylight. 

The Revelation SkyCeiling serves as a biophilic design element that provides visual and spatial relief to isolated conference rooms. Staff working long hours now benefit from an installation that facilitates cognitive restoration in enclosed interiors.

St. David’s Foundation is the charitable branch of St. David’s Healthcare, the fourth-largest private employer in Austin, TX, with more than 8,100 employees. St. David’s healthcare is one of the Top 15 health systems in the U.S. It has been recognized at the state and national level for its outstanding commitment to high-quality care.

In 2014, St. David’s Healthcare was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. It has also been recognized with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based on world-class quality measures.

In 2016, the Foundation plans to invest more than $75 million to provide thousands of low-income residents with access to a full range of health services. Through its unique partnership, St. David’s Foundation reinvests proceeds from St. David’s Healthcare to improve the lives of the community’s most vulnerable residents through signature programs and collaborations with over 60 nonprofit partners. 

Learn more about St. David’s Foundation.



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