Guys Hospital, 2004–2007
This is a Guys Hospital. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick and made for (as the client) Guy's and St Thomas' National Health Service Foundation Trust. It is dated 2004–2007. Its medium is braided and woven steel wire, steel.
How do you turn the back door of a hospital into its front door?
The studio was tasked with improving approaches to Guy’s Hospital, in central London, including traffic circulation and the car park but especially the main entrance, located around the back next to an unsightly boiler house. A cladding and ventilation system of panels— ribbons of braided steel wires woven onto steel frames— transformed the boiler house into a welcoming signpost. In groups of four, the panels form tiles that create a three-dimensional rippling pattern, an example of the kind of unexpected specialness that distinguishes the studio’s work.
It is credited
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.