AIA Healthcare Awards 2008
At the CHA Women & Children's Hospital near Seoul, a softness of natural light, organic elements, and curving form tempers a sleek building of glass, aluminum, and stainless steel. KMD Architects designed the facility, with associate architect yo2 Architects, to provide uncluttered respite from the surrounding neighborhood's visual noise.
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The hospital in South Korea received one of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards for 2008. In this inaugural awards cycle, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health recognized four healthcare facilities, from Tucson to Shenzhen, for exemplary design in addressing concerns of program, aesthetics, and context. Extensive daylighting is common to all the buildings, primarily for patient and staff benefit.
The aesthetic of CHA Women's Hospital imitates trends in high-couture shops and spas. In fact, an extended-stay spa fills an entire floor of the building.
One challenge in designing the hospital, which is surrounded closely by buildings on three sides, was to maximize daylighting while protecting patient privacy.
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