yamazaki kentaro design workshop-kawamura hospital
야마자키 켄타로 디자인
KAWAMURA HOSPICE IN JAPAN OFFERS WARMTH TO THE TERMINALLY ILL
yamazaki kentaro has designed a hospice facility in japan that blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings. the newly unveiled establishment plays an intermediate role between a home and a hospital, providing palliative care for terminally-ill cancer patients. the design seeks to generate a warm environment with a quotidian atmosphere, rather than a typically cold hospital. arranged to avoid the existing trees in the site, the building consists of a compact medical care room and nurses’ station, connected by a corridor that gives sequential continuity to the space and serves as a place for patients to spend time with family and friends.
일본건축가 야마자키 켄타로가 디자인 호스피스는 말기 환자들에게 정서적인 치유공간을 제안합니다. 일반적인 차가운 병원이 아니라 자연과 함께하는 따뜻하면서도 온화한 분위기를 조성합니다. 이를 위해 내부 중정에 다양한 식물을 식재, 풍부한 자연채광과 함께 연속된 공간감을 제공합니다. 중립적이면서 차분한 컬러, 그리고 목재의 사용은 이러한 분위기를 환자 뿐만 아니라 방문객에게도 전달합니다.
YAMAZAKI KENTARO’S DESIGN BRINGS NATURE INSIDE
visiting or staying in a hospice is not a particularly pleasant experience for neither the patients nor their families. nevertheless, this kind of facility should make individuals feel at home, no matter their health status or disabilities. with this in mind, yamazaki kentaro (find more here) designed the kawamura hospital as a fluid, amicable space, opening towards unobstructed views of the lush garden. in the generous common areas, all patients can gather and interact with each other, so that nobody feels left out or alone.
the materiality of the project is mainly comprised of neutral, calm tones and wood. sofas are installed in various parts of the common corridor, extending from east to west, so that patients and guests can sit, interact with others, enjoy a book, and so on. large openings provide patients with generous views of the garden outside, bringing nature in. at the same time, wooden decks are set up on each terrace so that both patients and their families can freely enter and exit the garden, and enjoy the flowing water and greenery of the stream in the courtyard.
name: kawamura hospital
architects: yamazaki kentaro design workshop
location: shinfuji, japan
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