The WAN Healthcare Award, now in its seventh year, attracted entries from all over the world and once again saw a fantastic number of schemes and projects submitted into this diverse category.
Healthcare facilities vary across a wide range of different building types, from small and relatively simple medical clinics to large, complex, and costly, teaching and research hospitals. Depending on the type of building, tying in elements of original style can be much harder than expected when designing for a Healthcare facility. Healthcare architecture should not only focus on great design but also pride itself on functionality and efficacy first and foremost.
WAN AWARDS hosted a jury session to look through the 34 Longlisted projects, where the jury were tasked with choosing just six to move forward to the next stage. From these six schemes, a single winner would be championed within this award. Our judges were looking for a project that not only delivered the fundamentals of a well working healthcare project but also put great thought into the design to make an overall exemplary healthcare building.
Judging the entries in this category were Mike Rawlinson, Estates & Building Projects Manager at Spire Healthcare; Jean Mah, Principal and healthcare planner in Perkins+Will’s Health Design Group; Lars Steffensen, Partner at Henning Larsen Architects and Sunand Prasad, Co-founder of Penoyre & Prasad.
First to be selected on the shortlist was Skandion Clinic in Sweden by LINK arkitektur AB. The ambition for this project was to create a patient centred environment and effective flows which are not usually associated with traditionally designed healthcare environments. As a symbol for national healthcare collaboration, the building unifies contrasting operational areas including technical radiation, patient rooms and a hotel. The jury warmed to this project with Lars Steffensen commenting “Relations between indoor spaces and outdoor gardens and terraces seem very well designed, and opens up the necessary compactness of the main treatment and diagnostic level. The delicate façades appear to underline the gentle ‘attitude’ towards vulnerable patients and the surroundings in general.”
Potter Street Redevelopment is a care home in Australia by Allen Kong Architect Pty Ltd that was also chosen for the shortlist, with all the judges appreciating how they identified the brief and addressed it in a very interesting way. This joint project by Wallara Australia and Wintringham provides accommodation for 73 residents – 60 high care with challenging behaviours, 13 younger with intellectual disability along with office and support facilities for Wallara Australia. Sunand Prasad liked this project and put forward his opinion saying “I think what makes this project special is the way they have dealt with making it secure but also creating the feeling of freedom to the occupants. This doesn’t try and be fashionable, it just works.”
Next to be selected was Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in USA by Perkins+Will. As there was a conflict of interest Jean Mah stepped out of the room for the judging of this project however the other jurors when looking through the submission thought that this project was a top contender and worthy of a shortlist spot. This 132-bed rehabilitation hospital is located on a waterfront site in the former naval yard of Boston. The design builds upon the unique waterfront location to provide an indoor-outdoor rehabilitative environment that takes advantage of daylight, views, and waterside spaces. Mike Rawlinson was the first to put his comments forward saying “I give it a yes, it’s answering the brief, an incredible environment, and it’s making use of the space. It is ticking the box for me in terms of rehabilitation and the use of the external rehabilitation walks”.
Also picked for the shortlist was St. Charles Bend Cancer Centre in the USA by ZGF Architects LLP. Designed as a user-centred and regionally-focused facility, the new St. Charles Bend Cancer Centre is a great example of patient-centred design. It demonstrates the completion of a vision to consolidate key radiation and oncology services in one location and an opportunity to design a facility that enhance caregiver productivity and increase patient satisfaction. The jury were very taken with this project and Mike Rawlinson commented “This is a beautiful understanding of the requirements”.
Next to be selected on the shortlist was Sayanomoto Clinic in Japan by Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop. This project is a wonderful response to the treatment of patients with dementia and emphasises the need for patients to spend time with their families. This space is designed to be a common area to help patients to interact with their loved ones, which includes a 30 meter bookshelf containing pictorial books intended not for reading but rather to be seen and impart an impression. Jean Mah was really impressed with this project commenting “I really love it and the concept is so amazing, triggering memories with books”. Overall all the judges thought that the project had total innovation and showing us something different.
Last but not least Penoyre & Prasad were selected for the shortlist with their project Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre in the UK. Sunand Prasad with a conflict of interest took himself out of the room whilst the remaining jurors championed this project to be selected as one of the top six. This landmark civic building on the 2012 Olympics Athletes’ Village site, now provides a significant legacy building for a variety of stakeholders including much needed community and health facilities for the Borough of Newham. Mike Rawlinson thought that this project answered the brief very well and was impressed with the presentation commenting “To create a primary care facility that is still welcoming is great.” Jean Mah also liked this project saying “Wow. It has a great presence on the street and having stairs that take you up through the centre of the building is great”.
So, congratulations to all six amazing shortlisted projects of this highly competitive award. Details of the winning scheme will be announced on Tuesday 7th July 2015.
Senior Awards Co-ordinator