Completed Winner: Meander Medical Centre. Amersfoort, Netherlands. atelier PRO architekten.

The new Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort is a completely new type of hospital. In this impressive health care institution the patient remains central and the connection with the surrounding nature is strongly felt throughout the building. This creates a healing environment where – partly thanks to the inclusion of only private rooms – patients can gain more rest for a fast recovery. Despite its size of more than 100,000 m², it’s a hospital where people can easily find their way around.

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Unbuilt Winner: Odense University Hospital & Faculty of Health Sciences. Odense, Denmark. Henning Larsen Architects.

The challenge of designing the new Odense University Hospital (OUH) was to translate the volume of the buildings to human scale, to relate to the context of the landscape, and to keep people as individuals in the centre of the buildings containing health care, research, education, and development.

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Best Hospital Upgrade Winner: Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Toronto, Canada. Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc.

Forming a sinuous line between the Don Valley to the north and the low rise urban fabric of the city to the south, the Residence for the Sisters of St Joseph of Toronto articulates both individual contemplative life and the community engagement of the Sisters ministries, making relationships to Nature and City to reinforce public and private aspects.

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SHORTLIST: Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre. Ballarat, Australia. Billard Leece Partnership.

Combining facilities for care, treatment, research, education, together with wellness, the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre provides a truly integrated service for patients and families with a focus on the individual, not their cancer.

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SHORTLIST: BEAUMARIS DENTAL. Victoria, Australia. Demaine Partnership.

PROJECT COMPLETION: OCTOBER 2011

This project is a relatively small building for the healthcare sector yet it represents how good design can generate a great deal of positive impact in the delivery of health care on a small scale. The project was commissioned by two dentists who needed a new building for their growing dental practice.

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SHORTLIST: Ortus. London, United Kingdom. Duggan Morris Architects.

ORTUS, home of Maudsley Learning is a 1,550sqm pavilion housing learning and event facilities, cafe and exhibition spaces. The central focus of this unique project, initially coined ‘Project Learning Potential’, is to create a totally immersive learning environment generating a series of interconnecting spaces to encourage intuitive learning activities either in groups or individually and also to create possibilities for digital learning via social media.

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SHORTLIST: The Knowledge Centre. Trondheim, Norway. Ratio Arkitekter and The Nordic Office of Architecture.

As the first hos­pi­tal build­ing in North­ern Eu­rope, the recently completed Knowl­edge Cen­tre at St. Olav’s Hospital is built to pas­sive house stan­dards. On av­er­age en­ergy con­sump­tion will be re­duced by 75% com­pared to ex­ist­ing health buildings. The Knowledge Centre, opened in September 2013, completes the overall scheme for the hospital grounds that has been on-going since the design competition in 1995, and is centrally located in the heart of the 225,000 m sq hospital-development in Trondheim, Norway.

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