design + architecture
Surrounded by farmland, Sannou Clinic is located in Minami Saitamagun, a forty minute drive from Tokyo. The clinic is divided into two buildings, the east wing for pre-natal care and the west for birthing. We were asked to renovate 80% of the ground floor, including adding an office space and new entryway to the west wing. The building itself was constructed in 1980 and has gone through a series of transformations since then. For this extension and renovation project, the proposed design scheme is intended to last for a period of 10 to 20 years.
One of the many obstacles the clinic faces is poor circulation; nurses, doctors and patients must share the same corridor, nurses and doctors use the public cafeteria space and lobby during their lunch and meeting sessions, the lobby is not large enough to support the volume of patients, and unnecessary spaces become cluttered storage spaces.
The proposal for this project is to achieve fixed pathways (zones) for every user in a systematic way by dividing user paths into zones that utilize each program for all users. The zones are organized into horizontal grid paths (zones for specific users) and vertical grid paths (zones for all users). The horizontal paths are arranged for patients, visitors, nurses, and doctors. The vertical paths are for bridging and navigating the spaces in between the grids. The grids from the divided zones form grouped islands that are organized and programmed according to the surrounding zones.