WAN AWARDS Healthcare Shortlists

Monday 11 Jun 2012

Children's hospitals take the lead in 2012 WAN AWARDS Healthcare sector shortlists

Healthcare is a sector that is accessible to all. Architect, designer or member of the public, we have all either spent time in a healthcare facility or know someone who has and are therefore very aware of how imperative quality design is in the recovery process.

Last week, WAN hosted two jury sessions to decipher which of the 57 longlisted projects deserved a place on our esteemed shortlists and which two would be crowned winners. Details of the winning schemes will be announced in the Tuesday 26th June issue of News Review so for now we turn our attention to the six shortlisted and two commended projects.

Sinclair Webster, Senior Healthcare Architect at HKS, Christopher Shaw, Director at MAAP, and Guy Barlow, Director at The Manser Practice deliberated over the Unbuilt projects. The architects’ handling of context was a winning formula in this category, with Stephen Yablon Architect praised for their reuse of an existing building in the Chelsea District Health Center in New York, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill applauded for their integration of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City project into the urban fabric of Abu Dhabi. The Chelsea District Health Center was also recognised for its green credentials as the design is projected to achieve LEED Gold status.

Also making the 2012 Unbuilt Shortlist was last year’s winners Perkins + Will, the jury panel finding the planning of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center way above par, while HKS, who were recognised on the 2010 and 2011 Commercial Sector Shortlists, once again made the grade with the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The submissions for the Completed category had entries from around the world, ranging from small rehab clinics to large scale, multidisciplinary hospitals. The huge range of entries show the possibilities of architecture in the Healthcare sector, with innovations in the users’ experience and how the healing environment can be created with a sense of play and excitement.

The jury was comprised of: Pamela Bate of Hopkins Architects, with expertise in interiors and her work on Evelina Children's Hospital in London; Dr. Robert MacDonald, elected councillor for Merseyside NHS and an extensive background in patient led design in healthcare; Rob Needham, Head of Design Services at Bupa Care Services with a large portfolio of care home design; and Terri Zborowsky, Associate and Director of Healthcare at Aecom Ellerbe Becket who acted as a remote juror from Minneapolis.

This year’s vastly experienced jury were looking for ‘inspirational interior spaces’, as they felt that within healthcare ‘the most important factor is the experience from the bed’. The shortlisted hospitals had to be trying something refreshing and new, more than just the technology within these spaces but using the environment itself as a healing tool. There have been vast improvements in how mental health is catered for in design and is considered that the current ideal is to be ‘non-institutionalised and non-threatening’ which can be seen in the care taken by Woods Bagot in their St. Vincent's O'Brien Centre.

'Bunjilwarra' Koori Youth Alcohol & Drug Healing Service, Australia by Vincent Chrisp Architects has been picked out for deviating from the old fashioned ideals surrounding rehabilitation, creating a contemporary building for an urban user group with an impressive use of the context. This building provides its young patients with a feel of community interaction. Another of the submissions ‘The Maggie’s Centre’ by CZWG was commended by Terri Zborowsky as it ‘truly challenges the notions of what cancer is and is not, through its unique design, thought provoking form, site placement and whimsical use of colour and materials’.

It is also worth noting that six of the shortlisted and commended projects were either children’s hospitals or healthcare centres dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of young people. As Terri Zborowsky, Associate and Director of Healthcare Education and Research at Aecom Ellerbie Beckett and remote juror of the Completed category commented: “What better population to enhance the quality of life of? I can think of few others.”

Completed Shortlist
Maggie's Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom - CZWG
Rey Juan Carlos Hospital, Madrid, Spain - Rafael de la Hoz Architects
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Portland, United States - ZGF Architects LLP
Robina Hospital Expansion, Robina, Australia - BVN Architecture
St. Vincents O'Brien Centre, Sydney, Australia - Woods Bagot
The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia - Billard Leece Partnership (with Bates Smart and HKS)

Completed Commended Projects
'Bunjilwarra' Koori Youth Alcohol & Drug Healing Service, Hastings, Australia - Vincent Chrisp Architects
Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice, Kuwait City, Kuwait - Marks Barfield

Unbuilt Shortlist
Livsrum, Naestved, Denmark - EFFEKT (Commended)
Chelsea District Health Center, New York, United States - Stephen Yablon Architect
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, United States - Perkins + Will
Shenzhen University Affiliated Hospital, Shenzhen, China - Lemanarc S.A.
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom - HKS Architects Ltd

Jack Idle and Sian Disson

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