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    Royal Far West Centre for Country Kids - Architectus

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    Carlanderska Hospital - White Arkitekter

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    Carlanderska Hospital - White Arkitekter

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    GAME Streetmekka Viborg - EFFEKT Architects

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    GAME Streetmekka Viborg - EFFEKT Architects

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    Tsing Yi Southwest Leisure Building - Architectural Services Department


Health and leisure: the difference good architects make

Alison Carter
24 Jun 2019

These entries highlight the importance of innovation and care in design, for those in need of support and fun

An entry in the Healthcare category at the 2019 World Architecture News Awards, the Royal Far West Centre for Country Kids from Architectus is a compact 6-storey building located in Manly, near Sydney Harbour. The centre provides a fully integrated model of healthcare for over 8,000 children and families from rural and remote areas of New South Wales, Australia – a legacy that has been undertaken on this significant and iconic site for over 90 years.

Another entry in the same category, the Carlanderska Hospital from White Arkitekter is located in a wooded park in the center of Gothenburg. The original buildings are beautifully crafted, consisting of solid brick masonry and dominated by an impressively high tower building. In 1927, when Carlanderska was inaugurated, it consisted of 72 hospital beds and four operating rooms.In contrast to the massive brick buildings, the new glassed-in connecting walkway over the enclosed garden is light and aery and rests solely on a pair of thin supports.

For those lucky enough to have good health, architects are transforming sites for leisure and enjoyment.  GAME Streetmekka Viborg from EFFEKT, an entry in the Leisure category is a renovation project that transformed an abandoned windmill factory into a vibrant hub for street sports and street culture, offering various facilities for self-organized sports and social spaces for the local youth of Viborg, Denmark.

In the same category Tsing Yi Southwest Leisure Building by the Architectural Services Department sits at mid-level of Tsing Yi against the hillside, and provides a place for enjoyment of sports activities for local residents in Hong Kong. A sense of motion is expressed by dynamically articulated elements throughout the building. These include the front façade of folding cement panels, interior walls and ceilings with dynamic profiles, feature furniture, as well as the undulating baffle ceiling at the swimming pool, which resembles the posture of a swimmer performing the butterfly stroke.

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