Now that we’ve reached the end of this year, we’re revisiting the spaces that received the most (virtual) visits. Here are our top-read articles on institutional interiors.

Photo: Ketsiree Wongwan

1. EKH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Integrated Field

Hospitals are one of the most stigmatized spatial typologies. Their inherent solemnity tends to extend to the design of their interiors, frequently leaving medical spaces sterile and uninspiring. But one Thai hospital, designed by studio Integrated Field, is seeking to flip that stereotype on its head: located just outside of Bangkok, EKH Children’s Hospital by Integrated Field inspires play through design.

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Photos: Ed Reeve and Dennis Gilbert

2. TOWN HOUSE

Grafton Architects

The team at Dublin-based Grafton Architects took on the challenges of university design in their most recent project, a multi-purpose cultural and community hub for Greater London’s Kingston University called Town House. Stressing its namesake, over 50 per cent of Town House’s 9,400-sq-m building is open plan, designed to encourage convivial, flat-hierarchy spaces reminiscent of a town square.

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Photos: Ewout Huibers

3. FELIX MERITIS

i29 and Math Architecten

Studio i29 and Math Architecten refurbished Amsterdam’s Felix Meritis institution, built in 1788, combining preservation with contemporary updates. Meritis’s founders settled on five areas of study for their institution: music, commerce, literature, physics and drawing, departments spread over the building’s four floors. Interior-design studio i29 paid homage to the unique identities of these original departments wherever they could.

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Photos: Courtesy of Department of Architecture

4. CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY

Department of Architecture

Today’s learning spaces are increasingly adopting the culture of invention that has emerged from places like Silicon Valley. Reflecting this approach, the library of an architecture school in Bangkok was transformed into a ‘creative incubator’ where scholars don’t only consume, but also create content. Department of Architecture turned the massive 1,260-sq-m space into a student destination that goes beyond books.

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Photos: Jesús Orrico

5. CLI DENTAL CLINIC

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The interiors of Valencia’s CLI Dental Clinic pose a clever game of colour: in the all-grey office, the silvery whiteness of gleaming medical tools shine ever brighter. For the studio responsible – Fran Silvestre Arquitectos – this monotone palette provided a means to highlight dental medicine’s mise-en-scène and reframe its typological interior design as an extension of professional practice.

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