Appropriate hospital architecture can play a role in helping people recover from illness
LIVING WITH BUILDINGS WELLCOME COLLECTION 4 OCTOBER 2018 – 3 MARCH 2019
Our homes, workplaces and the buildings we visit can influence our health in powerful ways. These three buildings have all helped to boost our wellbeing, and they’re all being featured in the Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition, Living With Buildings.
1. FINSBURY HEALTH CENTRE, LONDON
Presented with a humanitarian brief for a healthcare centre to support a deprived community, architect Berthold Lubetkin designed this free access, patientcentred building, which opened in 1938 – a decade before the establishment of the NHS. Lubetkin created a welcome ambience using a curved façade, light-filled lobby and easy-to-navigate layout.
2. MAGGIE’S CENTRE, DUNDEE
Terminally ill cancer patient Maggie Keswick Jencks believed that cancer care could be improved through good design. Maggie’s Centres were developed as a contrast to the harsh, institutional design of hospitals, and they’re situated near, but never in, existing hospitals. Like this one in Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 1996, they create a friendlier space for cancer patients to spend time.
3. PAIMIO SANATORIUM, FINLAND
Developed in 1929 as a tuberculosis sanatorium, this building was designed by Alvar Aalto to make its own contributions to the healing process.
He designed silent basins and strategic lighting so that patients wouldn’t disturb each other, and the building included large balconies and a roof deck, as the only known cure at the time was rest, clean air and sunshine.