Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s best known and respected children’s hospitals. Stantec designed a new hospital wing which enhances their reputation for excellence.
When Octav Botnar Wing opened it won praise for its architecture while patients, families and staff spoke about comfortable home like spaces and an improved workplace. No mean feat. This is a building that not only looks good but also works.
From the outside, the building feels part of the Bloomsbury neighbourhood. Glass, zinc and brick assert its landmark status while its proportions reflect the adjoining Victorian terraces. The streetscape is animated by the building’s integral artworks, which offer points of interest and helps to reduce the stress of arrival.
However, the major strength of the building is how it works internally. The floor plan is shaped like a giant E creating two building height courtyards. They provide plenty of natural light deep into the plan and house colourful artworks, which act as reference points at all levels. Well-proportioned patient areas are sited at the periphery to maximise daylight and views. Family zones and play areas help to give families a sense of normality and privacy.