Mark A-to-Z: H is for Health

Mark A-to-Z: H is for Health

Facilities for healthcare are a global necessity. Whether it’s the city hospital or the local community health centre, we’ve all visited one and we all know someone who’s never out of one. It’s not just dental clinics and hospices that grab our attention but a whole range of facilities that revolve around healthcare, including educational faculties that inspire the next generation of professionals. Mark has picked five projects – ranging in use and scale – that cater to the needs of the industry.

Health Faculty by Taller Básico de Arquitectura
Photo and lead image José Manuel Cutillas

ZARAGOZA – Large white scales make up the peripheral façades of the three concave structures that constitute the new Health Faculty of San Jorge University in the outskirts of Zaragoza, Spain. The building is part of a rural campus whose contemporary architecture sits in harmony with the surrounding nature, strengthening the visual distinction of the site.


Nagasawa Dental Clinic by Kunihiko Matsuba
Photo Taishi Hirokawa

TOKYO – In Hachioji, about forty kilometres west of Tokyo, Kunihiko Matsuba of Tyrant has designed a small complex that accommodates a dental clinic and a house. The project is a minimal composition of three white boxes; a garage and the dental office sit at ground level while the house, barely resting on their edges, bridges the gap between them.


Healthcare Office by Vora Arquitectura
Photo Adri Goula

PALS – Perched on a cliff in the mountains of a small Spanish village in Catalonia, a concrete box connects with the natural stone walls of the surrounding landscape. Exhibiting geometrical simplicity and a neutral palette of material colours, Vora Arquitectura has realised a surgeon’s practice that aims for calmness and serenity.


Urban Hospice by Nord Architects
Photo Adam Mørk

COPENHAGEN – The ‘warm and protecting atmosphere’ of Nord Architects’ Urban Hospice is intended to fit inconspicuously into the densely-packed residential area of Frederiksberg – a technically-independent municipality located to the west of the Danish capital. Despite the metallic cladding, the project integrates into the context of its surroundings, particularly with regards to scale.


Community Health Centre by Versseput Architecten
Photo Corné Bastiaansen

LEIDSCHE RIJN – Utrecht-based studio Versseput Architecten recently saw their ‘sturdy barn dedicated to people and health’ open its doors to the public. Het Zand’s new health care centre in Leidsche Rijn, the Netherlands, is an abstraction of the region’s horticultural past.

You can see all of our health projects online here.

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