UCLH Phase 5, London, UK
UCLH Phase 5, currently under construction,
marks the latest phase of the hospital’s main
regeneration, providing a specialist facility
for ear, nose and throat medicine. The
architectural goal is
to create a stimulating sensual environment
that promotes well-being and health.
Traditionally, such buildings are planned with
clinical spaces at the facade and waiting
areas at the core.
Phase 5, by contrast, inverts this
organisation with waiting areas on the street
facade set in a range of
bay windows. The form and detail of these bays
offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the
bays of the
adjacent 19th century mansion blocks.
Perforated brick screens to the south of each
considerations of heritage, environment and
The facade reflects the building’s internal
planning with a generous ‘base’ denoting
arrival and reception
areas, the main ‘body’ with clinical areas and
a recessed ‘roof’ providing a landscaped
garden for both
staff and patients.
Vertical circulation is arranged on the
northern apex of the site. Here, the
architectural language of
perforated brick screens is reinterpreted to
provide shading to more generously scaled