Within the field of architecture, healthcare is a sector with a degree of complexity and sanctity of its own. The primary goal of any facility that falls under healthcare is to take care of people – be it the employees associated with the facility, the patients, visitors, or vendors.
Healthcare facilities in their quiddity can be spaces that are capable of healing with a distinctive flair in promoting well-being, to emotionally influence the users within the space and in some cases, they can even be the nurturing hand behind the healing.
The following are 50 different instances of healthcare centers providing beautiful, positive, and impactful spaces for the users.
1. General Hospital of Niger
Located in Niamey, Niger, this facility by CADI Architects is a perfect example of the local climate and culture shaping a building. Molded by the arid Sahara desert, the building makes use of tall columns and strategic openings resulting in naturally well-ventilated spaces.
2. Friendship Hospital Satkhira, Bangladesh
This healthcare center by Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA was born out of the abstraction of the riverine Bengal landscape. With its low-rise buildings, a series of courtyards, and its centrally-running canal, the facility easily blends in with its immediate rural setting.
3. Aga Kahn University, Hospital, and Medical School, Pakistan
This facility by Payette integrates state-of-the-art educational and medical technologies in a setting that preserves the local building style and culture. The facility is an amalgamation of a series of landscaped courtyards and vernacularly sound buildings.
4. Bayalpata Hospital, Nepal
Designed by Sharon Davis Design, the healthcare center is located in Achham, a poor and remote region. The project showcases the beautiful transformation of an old clinic into a newer sustainable model constructed at a low cost with rammed earth, local stone, and low-tech construction methods.
5. Maggie’s Oldham Rehabilitation Center, United Kingdom
Designed by dRMM, this facility offers practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer using welcoming spaces that give a sense of safety using a warm versatile composition of curved and spacious areas.
6. Henry Ford Health System, Michigan, United States
This healthcare center by SmithGroup enhances its interiors through spatial manipulations and geometric forms. It uses a sculptural ceiling that captivates a user upon moving and provides practical design solutions through porosity.
7. Weihai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Weihai Hospital was designed by GLA as a healthcare center that expresses a contemporary take on traditional Chinese architectural style. It nestles in multiple open courtyards which are aimed at providing the users with a rich spatial experience.
8. Ideta Heisei Retina Consultants, Japan
This healthcare center designed by Matsuyama Architect and Associates in Kumamoto is predominantly centered around the idea of enhancing the spatial experience of the visitors. The design emphasizes privacy, brightly lit waiting rooms, and clever usage of vegetation to connect with the natural world.
9. Rey Juan Carlos Hospital, Spain
Architect Rafael de La-Hoz proposed to create a transformative healthcare center that moderated the monotonous typology that was becoming commonplace with healthcare design. With gentle curves breaking apart depressive forms and the elimination of corridors, this design strategizes on therapy.
10. Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal
This sculptural complex designed by Charles Correa Associates in Lisbon revolves around site context. The building relies on the blue infinite stretches of the sky and the ocean and uses the same as a metaphysical building element that flows in contrast to the pastel construction, large elliptical openings, and undulating patches of landscape.