Seijo Kinoshita Hospital / green hospital (on going)

成城木下病院 / green hospital

Seijo Kinoshita Hospital / green hospital © Toru Hiraiwa
Seijo Kinoshita Hospital / green hospital © Toru Hiraiwa
Seijo Kinoshita Hospital / green hospital © Toru Hiraiwa
Seijo Kinoshita Hospital / green hospital © Toru Hiraiwa
Seijo Kinoshita Hospital / green hospital © Toru Hiraiwa
Seijo Kinoshita Hospital / green hospital © Toru Hiraiwa

Seijo Kinoshita Hospital / green hospital

TOKYO, Japan
2017.03
Hospital
2406.44 m2

This is the reconstruction of a hospital specialized mainly in obstetrics, based in Seijo, Setagaya. Seijo is a tranquil residential district in Tokyo, particularly popular among academic and culturally-minded people, and though the hospital is relatively small, it is firmly established in the community. Construction is in process now, aiming for a new type of hospital to propose a fresh relationship between the facility and its urban environment.
Because of special complexity that requires accommodation of many different functions, the design of hospitals has not grown out of the typical “giant white tower” severed from its neighbors, placing too much emphasis on functionality, efficiency and uniformity. In addition, the interior of a hospital tends to be even more exclusive and isolated, as its design is greatly trivialized. In this project, we are using lots of plants grown locally, so that the hospital could further open up to the environment. Louvers in natural wood are applied to the outer skin. By delicately arranging plants and trees, control of sight lines can be done in detail. The green also blurs the distance from outside, which reconnects the building and its environment.
We did our best not to inherit the “common sense” for hospital-designing, and held a series of careful discussions with the staff members of the hospital. This would have been impossible without their effort to remove all barriers among the management, doctors, medical staff and even the patients. And such coordination is what is required to realize high level of medical service. Taking advantage of this condition, the project is presenting new ideas in medical care, community health service and construction of a hospital.