Guest Depot Design
The Guest Depot is just one element of the whimsical design of the American Family Children's Hospital, which has a main floor designed to look like a small town in Wisconsin. From the moment they step off the elevators, visitors encounter an almost Disney-like environment. Tractor tire tracks lead you to the security office, with its crimped metal walls designed to look like a grain silo.
Just as the farmland gives way to the city while driving Wisconsin's countryside, the train station "Guest Depot" greets visitors as they turn the corner, along with a pharmacy and gift shop that has the look and feel of an old-time community drug store.
Colorful barber poles twirl outside the façade of a barber shop near a cobblestone alley, and a flashing movie theater marquee welcomes you to the Pierce Family Theater, where patients and families can take in a film.
Just outside the theater, a faux sugar maple tree's full fall foliage towers above park benches and a fireplace in the main lobby's sunny atrium, as visitors round the bend to the Lake Michigan beach area – complete with a replica of the Fond du Lac lighthouse and footprints etched in the watery blue and sand-colored flooring.