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Colour that calms in hospital setting

“Quiet and humble architectural language with a well-designed garden,” Misak Terzibasiyan, Judge.

Project: National Forensic Mental Hospital

Award: Colour in Architecture, Bronze, 2022

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Architect: Scott Tallon Walker Architects in association with Medical Architecture

Client: Health Service Executive Estates 

Designed to provide a safe, secure and healing environment that contributes to patient`s recovery, the National Forensic Mental Hospital building has been sensitively built to make the most of its mature woodland setting and coastal views. A series of single storey pavilion buildings are set around a ‘Village Green’ with peaceful gardens for patients to relax in and take part in therapeutic activities. Intuitive wayfinding is achieved through a site-wide narrative of colour, art, and landscaping. At night, illuminated coloured glazed entrances act as beacons in the woodland setting.

Design highlights

Generous full height glazing along corridors offers contemplative views over the gardens and maximises daylight. Tall, wide spaces are created in central areas to provide a sense of calm. Coloured glass at the entrance is used as an art feature which is complemented by the palette of colours within the landscaping.

  • LEAD ARCHITECTS: Kevin Bates, Karl Burton
    CONTRACTOR: JJ Rhatigan

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