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The soothing spaces of Stanton Williams’ new Great Ormond Street Hospital centre
Pioneering medicine now has a fitting home in the shape of the Zayed Centre for Research at the Great Ormond Hospital in London, designed by Stanton Williams

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An open plan where possible, views across levels and large openings ensure a flowing interior at the new Zayed Centre for Research at the Great Ormond Street Hospital complex in central London. Photography: Hufton + Crow

Popular culture would have us believe that pioneering medical research is conducted behind mysterious, closed doors, in dark rooms or an underground lab in an undisclosed location; yet reality can be very different, points out London architecture practice Stanton Williams, which has just opened its latest offering, the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children and part of the capital’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) campus.


大众文化使我们相信,开创性的医学研究是在神秘,密闭的门下,在暗室或未公开地点的地下实验室中进行的;伦敦建筑事务所斯坦顿·威廉姆斯(Stanton Williams)指出,现实情况可能截然不同。斯坦顿·威廉姆斯(Stanton Williams)刚刚开放了最新产品,即扎耶德少儿罕见病研究中心,并且是首都大奥蒙德街医院(GOSH)校园的一部分。






The project – conceived to house researchers, medical stuff and patient care within a large scale building just off the main GOSH complex in central London – takes what could have been a dull clinical environment and transforms it into a ‘shared civic experience’, say the architects. It is also the world’s first purpose-built centre dedicated to paediatric research into rare diseases, they proudly add.





The interior is arranged around two main hubs, an outpatient zone and a research area. From there eight storeys span an academic research workspace, seminar and meeting spaces, specialist laboratories and outpatient clinics. A 600 sq m double-height principal laboratory sits at the front, prominently visible from the street, highlighting the importance of this function within the Centre and also the area’s local tradition. (Coram’s Fields, just across the road, is the former site of the Foundling Hospital and a living symbol of children’s welfare for over 250 years).






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