Evelina Childrens Hospital, London
Designed by Hopkins Architects and opened in 2005, Evelina Childrens
Hospital at St
Thomas Hospital on London’s South Bank was a
new approach to health care design.
Hopkins planned a simple section of two long blocks flanking a central
concourse rising the full height of the building. The three lower levels house
shared functions - the Intensive Care Unit, three operating theatres, imaging
equipment and the outpatient departments. Above are three floors of wards
overlooking a spacious conservatory, under a great, curved glazed roof.
The base of the conservatory is the social heart
of the building, called the Beach. It has views into the garden of Lambeth
Palace, and is large enough for a café and waiting areas, with space for play
sessions, lessons, exhibitions and informal performances.
Throughout this space, hm61 seats and hm88
benches upholstered in a variety of coloured vinyl contribute to the holistic
approach of the building.