And there are more and more projects to choose from when looking for healthcare developments with “healing architecture”.
– We can see in modern architecture increasing attempts to challenge the way medical institutions look and are designed. The architects try to destroy the expectation that a medical institution must look a certain way, because in the past the mere appearance of hospitals can send people into a painful state. This is obviously a problem for institutions aimed to cure people’s illnesses, and therefore I welcome the trend to move away from this fixed concept. To amaze patients, visitors and medical professionals with a fresh design and get away from the feeling of excessive medicalness, says Sergey Kuznetsov.
During the 2020 pandemic the role of medical institutions have been in the public spotlight, but Sergey Kuznetsov does not anticipate major permanent design changes to hospitals as a result of Covid19.
– We have seen a record number of temporary solutions. If we take Moscow as an example, we can see that in such situations you can quickly mobilize a lot of premises. This includes both the construction of new healthcare institutions and the conversion of trade, sports, and exhibition centers into premises for medical needs. But these adaptations are temporary in nature and will not alter the overall healthcare design trends, says Sergey Kuznetsov.