Evelina Children's Hospital, London

Hopkins Architects
Date Built
Lambeth Palace Road
Hopkins architects say that this was their first healthcare project, " ... where ideas pioneered in workplace design have been applied. Like offices, hospitals demand efficient and flexible layouts, with casual social interaction spaces. At Evelina, we broke with the typical layout of long corridors and bland wards, and planned a simple section of two long blocks flanking a central concourse, which rises the full height of the building."

The base of the building's spacious conservatory is, " ... the social heart of the building, called the Beach. It has views into the garden of Lambeth Palace, and is large enough for a café and waiting areas, with space for play sessions, lessons, exhibitions and informal performances. The wards, reached by two scarlet lift towers, have open plan day areas overlooking the conservatory, with private rooms on the other side. The whole building has a cheerful, sunny, colourful ambience."
Evelina London describes itself as, " ... the UK’s leading hospital for paediatric heart services as well as specialists in kidney transplants and dialysis, cleft lip surgery, metabolic conditions, allergy and neurology.  We treat children of all ages; from babies in the womb, through to young adulthood."