Graeme Massie Architects have moved on site with a new geology inspired hospital pavilion within the grounds of North Ayrshire Community hospital, Irvine, which will offer staff and patients a place of quiet contemplation.
Located within a grove of birch trees, the sculptural space will also make the hospital blend in more with the surrounding landscape.
Graeme Massie said that the space will be an area where users will feel secure and safe and sheltered from the environment, whether they are using it on their own or as part of a group.
In order to achieve this, the plan has an architectural landscape, using roof and wall planes, seating and a grove of birch trees.
The company statement explained: “We were keen to firmly root the project to the wider Ayrshire landscape.
“In particular, we have developed interest in how the earth and geology of the area could influence the material qualities for the project. We believe there is a real directness to utilising materials that are found locally to help shape the environment.”
The roof and walls will be formed in concrete containing aggregates and pigments from the local area to create a structure that ties in with the local geology.
The structure will be strong and secure, and will contrast with the delicate grove of birch trees.
The seating area will measure 100 sq m in total and was commissioned by NHS Ayrshire and Arran at a cost of £50,000 and is due to be completed by September.
The pavilion will offer a place of shelter and contemplation, while the seating area will allow better appreciation of surrounding landscapes.
Last year, Graeme Massie Architects won the contest run by RIBA to regenerate Birmingham’s Centenary Square.
The Edinburgh based firm’s design was chosen for its ‘bold, brave and unique approach’ to the square.