The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital represents a new model of healthcare design. It is among the first in the world to bring together researchers, educators and clinicians. Two nine-storey buildings – one for research, the other for education – engage the block at Shuter and Victoria Streets with public amenities and a double-height ground floor. A glass curtainwall and glass solar shading provide transparency and a sense of accessibility into the world of medical research and reinforces the hospital’s presence in the community. A key solution to the design challenge to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange is found over the laneway that divides the two facilities. Informal ‘knowledge incubator’ lounges with soft seating, gas fireplaces and open kitchens configure around a graceful wishbone staircase that serves to enliven and animate the streetscape. A pedestrian bridge connects LKSKI with the hospital at the third level. This elegant tubular white steel and glass enclosure is a symbolic and physical connection between research and clinical practice.
St. Michael’s Hospital Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
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