Can a hospital be a thing of beauty?
From the 1940’s to the 1990’s they certainly were not. The hospital where I work (a large part built in the 1930’s) has a lovely Art Deco entrance and some lovely art deco touches like curved balustrades and terrazzo bathrooms) , but this building is not the norm in hospital architecture in Perth.
Anyway, in the course of my work I visit another hospital most weeks, it has had a lot of building works done and still in progress. Our new children’s hospital is building is being built on the site which has necessitated a lot of work in other areas.
I’m pleased that the function-only buildings of the 1980’s seem to be a thing of the past and aesthetics are playing a big part in modern hospital design. There will always people who consider the addition of beauty to infrastructure is a waste of money, but I believe that to gaze upon a thing of beauty (no matter how mundane) can only be for the better. There are also people who will not agree with me that these buildings are beautiful, each to their own is a phrase that comes to mind!
Now I know that styles come and go, so I am finishing with this cracker. My Dad worked for a while on the building of this wing (the original hospital) built in the mid 1950’s. I am sure at the time, that someone thought it was lovely, but I look at it and am left wondering what were they thinking?!