The Architecture of New Hospitals: Complex yet Simple and Beautiful
This chapter explores the considerations and drivers that architects use to inform their designs for inform modern hospitals. By breaking down the basic elements forming hospitals as a building type and focusing on the straightforward scenario of design for new greenfield hospitals, the chapter considers the aspiration to achieve simplicity as an overarching driver that can result in beautiful hospitals. It elaborates on the insights and examples of paradigm shifts and the influence and integration of technology as facilitators of new design directions. The chapter concludes that architects - by shifting the design focus from the complexities in support of tools and processes to creating a simple, adaptable environment - can create a space where the patients and caregivers see beyond the facade to find beauty in a cohesive modern hospital.