The Most Impressive Hospitals In The World?
I'm still surprised when I see articles that talk about well-designed, impressively built healthcare facilities as if they're like rare-bird sightings. I shouldn't be--in the grand scheme, there are still a lot of grim-feeling buildings desperately in need of updating and upgrading to serve patients, staff, and the community better. It's a good reminder that everything we talk about at Healthcare Design is really starting to sink in and take hold across the landscape, but it's a slow process.
So it was fun to page through "30 Most Architecturally Impressive Hospitals in the World," written by Yohani Kamarudin for Online Masters in Public Health. There are lots of familiar buildings in the list (including Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, Ala.), and some I hadn't seen before.
But there were also a lot of facilities we've covered in the past couple of years that I didn't see--facilities that really stand out to me in terms of architecture. Such as:
- The Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute/SUNY at Buffalo Clinical Translational Research Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
- The Lunder Building at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital in Singapore
- Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks, Alaska
- Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto.
These are just a few of my favorites, and I'm sure there are many I'm missing. Take a look at Kamarudin's list, and mine, and let me know which ones you'd add.