Y-Clinic / ARCO Architects

  • 29 Mar 2013
  • Healthcare Architecture Selected Works
© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: ARCO Architects
Location: Tsuchiura , Ibaraki,
Architect In Charge: Kimitaka Aoki
Structural Engineer: Yasuhiro Kaneda
Area: 1,989 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa

This clinic is located in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki prefecture, in Japan. This site next to rice paddy and riverbed is surrounded by nature. There are rice paddy, riverbed, cherry blossom trees, and beautiful sky.

© Ippei Shinzawa

Client (female doctor) demanded no rigidly formal clinic. On the other hand she really demanded reasonable and efficient circulation of doctor, staff and patient.

© Ippei Shinzawa

We designed this clinic by some clues (scenery, seasonal winds, sun trajectory and neighboring buildings). We found out concavo-convex shape plan with keeping reasonable circulations. And, we suggested characteristic forms which is four buildings with each different roof generated by relationships between inside and outside environment. We think that the format of this architecture have to be unique to particular places. Whole building form is generated there by some elements of surrounding environment. All rooms are rich in light due to offered sunlight by concavo-convex shape plan and different roofs. We can feel inside-space like passing through under some mountains in clinic. This building could be seemed such as a kind of villages from people walking along riverbed.

© Ippei Shinzawa

We strongly desire that the clinic is loved by neighborhood inhabitant and as new symbol in this local area. We have to design new architecture which could be integrated environment. Its “scenery” may be called as “new


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