Chronic chromatics

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

German hospital awarded design excellence

Until the UK can prove to itself that there is a definitive, quantifiable clinical link between good quality medical environments and the healing process, it seems we’re mostly destined to languish in second-rate hospitals waiting for either a superbug or the Oscar Wilde wallpaper to get us. Not so in Germany, where the recently opened 70000m2 University Hospital in Ulm, designed by architect KSP Engel and Zimmermann,  has been awarded a ‘Design Excellence’ Award from the German Architects’ Association. With its energy-efficient aluminium and glass facade from Wicona, window openings into rooms have multi-coloured glass, so even the sickliest pallor can be rose-tinted. 

Latest

As if winning top awards including the Stephen Lawrence Prize and Don't Move, Improve! wasn't enough, Storrar's restless imagination continues to challenge cross-disciplinary boundaries

Storrar's visionary research opens up whole new worlds for architecture

Kessler can certainly deliver projects – the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is next on her list – but just as impressive is her ambition to improve the human structures around them

Kessler is a force for good in the industry. Here's why

Byker’s design principles of life cycle costs, energy usage and community involvement remain ‘special’ in housing, 40 years later. They should be routine

Dan Kerr of MawsonKerr on why he so admires Ralph Erskine’s scheme

MICA’s refurbishment of Croydon’s Fairfield Halls seeks to lure more casual footfall and revitalise the wider area

MICA’s refurbishment needs to perform double act