Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Health clinic in Siikajoki, Finland by alt Architects
June 3rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: alt Architects
New Health clinic is a sympathetic, small-scale public building. Location is adjacent to Mäkelänrinne senior assisted living and care center. Building is mostly surrounded by small batches of pine forest.
Functional scheme is based around a simple idea of puffing out the center of a rational L-form, which makes it possible to group dental care, health care, and child health care as distinct – but connected – units around the central lobby at the core of the building. Opening the shape of the corridors towards the central core lessens negative institutional connotations and eases the orientation by opening up views from the lobby towards the appointment-rooms. At the same time circulation-space will be more generous where most people will visit and beds and exam-tables are being moved.
From the main entrance side the building appears invigorating and attractive. Ample eaves protect the cladding from weather and connect the embracing, free-form wall to the older buildings with it’s stern, but polite profile. Other facades are stylishly nonchalant and functional with ribbon windows providing therapeutic forest-scapes to the interior, alongside natural light.
Building’s structure is mainly wooden, and it is clad in greying wood siding and anodized aluminium. Ferrous sulfate was applied to the exterior cladding to speed up the greying process and to provide a natural resistance against molds. In the interiors, birch-veneer and white lattice-themed walls create an emphatic and bright spatial experience, with posture from aluminium details that are familiar from the exterior detailing. Unrefined and warm palette of materials is natural to it’s environment, selected with confidence that the exterior presence creates an identifiable image of a communal building.
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