Creating Healing Spaces
“The central issue in creating
anything is motivation rather than method”
Dr David Reilly
Hospitals were traditionally meant to be places
of rest and beauty that would enhance human healing. And yet
today even the best hospitals seem designed more for the benefit
of the utilitarian theorist than the patient, their families,
the carer or the administrator.
In 1994, as soon as Dr David Reilly was first
appointed to lead the project to replace the old Glasgow Homoeopathic
Hospital, he was determined that the new building would be
neither ugly nor intimidating.
However, Dr Reilly was not naïve about
the challenges ahead. He realised that making a place of healing
and beauty could not be achieved by simply hiring a top architect.
It would require the motivation and creative collaboration
of patients, health carers, architects, artists, administrators,
hospital managers, academics, media workers and political
He therefore set out to put together a
Design Team that would be prepared to work together creatively
and mobilise the necessary support to ensure that the hospital
would meet everyone’s expectations – at no extra
cost per square metre than a regular hospital.