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here was a time when one institutional building looked much like
another. Each hospital, school, library and museum was designed
and built from a tried-and-true template, with hardly a thought
given to the people who would inhabit them on a day-to-day basis.
However, over the past decade or so, institutional design has been turned
on its head. Institutions are, in fact, being ‘de-institutionalised’.
“Institutional design today has progressed substantially over the past
decade as the combination of lifestyle expectations, wealth, technology and
consumer education has increased,” explains Edwin Bollig, senior architect
and managing director of Bollig Design, which handled City of Cockburn’s
civic facility in Success and the Augusta/Margaret River Administration building.
“Libraries are education, community and technology centres, not book
repositories; schools reflect new teaching methods, activities and have a
greater degree of comfort than ever before,” he adds.
James Christou, founder and managing director of Christou Design Group –
2010 Australian Institute of Architects (WA chapter) award winners for the Hale
School Forrest Library project – believes institutional design requirements are now
more responsive to the user. “While it is still about functionality and efficiency, it
is also about place-making and reflecting a community identity. This approach is
leading to better facilities and design for the long-term. There’s also a trend towards
more sustainable facilities; we hope this is not a trend but accepted as mandatory.”
This means architects of institutional buildings must satisfy everyone from
stakeholders and staff members to end-users and the wider community, while
designing a building that works financially, functionally and aesthetically.
USING EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN
‘Evidence-based design’ uses scientific proof to support the theory that good
design improves patient outcomes. Morag Lee is a senior health facility planner
at Silver Thomas Hanley, part of the Fiona Stanley Hospital Design
TOP Bollig Design’s work on the Augusta/Margaret River Shire Civic and Administration Centre.
ABOVE The interior of the Hale School Forrest Library. OPPOSITE The exterior of the library – a
project that won Christou Design Group a 2010 Australian Institute of Architects (WA chapter) award.
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