Advancing the typology is the name of the game

Monday 14 Jun 2010

WAN AWARDS 2010 Healthcare Sector raises the bar

Good architecture isn’t enough at the WAN AWARDS. All of the schemes on the two long lists, built and un-built, were good, having already been honed down from a list three times longer.

The eleven members of the panels, including a representative from the UIA, Sri Lankan born Wendy de Silva, were looking for more. Seeing through the smoke and mirrors thrown up by the wide diversities of scale and geography, they focused down into details of room layouts and patient care, searching for those elusive qualities that can still shine through, even in a world of tight budgets and high performance buildings.

Connection with the community was another attribute that could be applied regardless of scale or location and played a significant part in the often animated discussions. The smaller scale facilities often received a warmer welcome at the table than the huge city ‘Generals’ which had to work hard to empathise with the human scale needed at patient level.

The Healthcare Sector is notoriously challenging in the WAN AWARDS, however the two winning designs clearly made a strong impression with our judges, with un-built juror Claudia Bloom confiding: “For me, the winner pulled [all] aspects together in the clearest and most elegant architectural expression of all the entries”. When so many Healthcare buildings these days lack any element of refined personality, to uncover such gems as this year’s winners is truly remarkable.

There were echoes of the same sentiment with the built jurors, who were particularly taken with the community feel of the winning project. Phil Nedin, Healthcare Business Leader at Arup, particularly felt that Lubor Trubka Associates Architects encapsulated ‘the way to be going forward – a message about the importance of healthcare on a very local community services level’. You saw it here first!

After hours of heated debate and endless comparisons (occasionally with shopping malls and ship’s bows) the winners were finally chosen. Lubor Trubka Associates Architects' plan for Tseshaht First Nation Health Centre and Multiplex, Canada was victorious in the built category whilst TRO Jung Brannen’s design for Shenzen Third People's Infectious Disease Hospital, China was crowned frontrunner for un-built.

Many congratulations to both practices!

Honourable Mentions go to Sasaki Associates, Inc. for Federal University of Health Sciences, Rafael Vinoly Architects for University of Pennsylvania Health System - The Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, CODA Architects for Bristol Heart Institute and Arhitektu birojs Forma for Ventspils City Hospital Reconstruction and Addition.

Built winner - Tseshaht First Nation Health Centre and Multiplex

Un-built winner - Shenzen Third People's Infectious Disease Hospital

Click here to view Shortlist

Key Facts:


Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team