A building sensitive to the direction
of light and the seasons
“This purpose-built, fifteen
bed hospital, which incorporates a therapy garden and art
installations is a place of calm, light and healing. A superb
project incorporating creativity within tight controls and
a fine example for future healthcare buildings to emulate.”
Citation in Scottish Enterprise’s
‘Dynamic Place Awards’ 2002
Designed by architects Macmon, Glasgow Homoeopathic
Hospital is an award-winning project that has more than satisfied
the original creative brief:
“to create a place of beauty and healing”
Patients in a hospital should not be intimidated
by their surroundings, which is why the architects have taken
great care to ensure that the building is not only as attractive
as possible but sits perfectly within its physical landscape.
Integrating the needs of Homoeopathic, orthodox and complementary
medicine under one roof presented certain challenges. However,
the architects have more than risen to the task.
The building has been designed as an elegant
L-shaped structure that surrounds a delightfully landscaped
South and West facing garden. This not only serves to break
up the sense of institutional regularity, but also draws the
natural world into the healing environment. In choosing materials,
Macmon – and later Jane Kelly, the lead artist –
placed great importance on selecting natural, recyclable and
environmentally friendly materials, to enhance the largely
organic, non angular feel of the building, as called for in
the brief. The floors and blinds are wooden; the roof is made
of recyclable zinc; real lino is used for floor covering,
and chairs and sofas are made of cane or non-allergenic leather.
This remarkable attention to detail has suffused the design
process right down to the door handles, light fittings and
coloured glass used for patients’ bathroom windows.
Though the final effect is a stunning building
that more resembles a luxury retreat than a standard hospital,
the final cost per square metre is no more than that of a
conventional NHS structure and the Hospital satisfies all
modern healthcare standards and requirements. In short, it’s
a hospital with a heart.
To find out more about how the Hospital was
designed and built, follow the navigation links on the left
and top of this page.