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SAMSON ASSUTA ASHDOD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, ISRAEL


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environment to inside, you naturally flow into the hospital without changing scale dramatically.” He admits it serves no key practical benefit: “It’s not really necessary, besides the fact it gives a good feeling.”


Nature inside and out


It was the idea of making people feel good that inspired Macullo to use a botanical theme throughout the hospital, and outside it. To get to the main entrance visitors walk through a large landscaped area, filled with plants and trees indigenous to Israel. This has been continued into the building, with each hospital speciality being assigned its own flower for wayfinding signage, helping make the process more intuitive for patients. “The trees that are outside become flowers inside, reproduced as art,” Macullo explains. “The architecture is a production of the nature.”


The images of flowers – taken by an Israeli photographer – begin with petals only as patients proceed along the corri- dors, “emphasising that you have movement,” says Macullo. When they reach their department, an image of the entire flower is on display, making it clear they


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have arrived. All common areas are repre- sented by lilies. “You can understand just by following the images,” Macullo explains.


The use of colour extends beyond the garden and flowers. The tiled flooring features a subtle pink-coloured sparkle, to add some interest for unwell people who often tend to look down. The visual contrast of the black and white ceiling, says Macullo, “gives you strength.” The flower imagery at eye level, provides a balance between the two. Accents of yellow have been used subtly throughout, in areas such as the entrance and around windows. “There’s always a shining element everywhere, even in the dark parts of the building – this small yellow stripe, it looks like some life is there.”


Form & layout Aside from colour, the other key elements for making people feel good were including as much natural light as possible, and keeping the building layout simple. “When I first visited the site, the project manager said ‘Ashdod has such a beautiful light. We have to build with this light.’” Macullo explains. “The building expresses the strong, beautiful


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LIGHT


The hospital has been designed to allow as much natural light into the building as possible


Aside from colour, the other key elements for making users feel good were including as much natural light as possible, and keeping the building layout simple


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