Lavished with playfulness and delight
Allies and Morrison with Devereux Architects for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Contract value: Undisclosed
Perhaps linking a hospital car park with medieval chain mail is not such an outlandish idea, especially if it’s a Cambridge University teaching hospital. It certainly didn’t seem so for Allies and Morrison and Devereux Architects, who were commissioned by Addenbrooke’s to design one on for the expanded Rosie Maternity Hospital’s campus. The D&B proposal they came up with is lavished with playfulness and delight. The twisted yellow-painted aluminium facade that runs the full length and height of the building draws its inspiration from the rape seed fields that used to stretch away on the site, the twist creating a weaving modulation that imposes even while it dematerialises the mass.
The judges pronounced the design vision and detailing excellent throughout, along with rigorous and clear approaches to accessibility and way-finding – all-important in this medical environment.