Sander Hofrichter Architects (a|sh)
Humane structures and medical expertise a|sh combining medical competence with humane architecture. TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI I PHOTOS: A|SH ARCHITEKTEN
“As specialists for buildings within the health care sector we prove with every new project, that economic efficiency, innovation and architectural aesthetics are combinable”, says co-managing director, Professor Linus Hofrichter. Working from eight locations within Germany and with their own unique know-how within the field of health care, a|sh are able to realize a multitude of projects of all ranges and sizes all over the country, providing both architectural and planning services from one source.
of their planning lies in the importance of creating a safe environment where children can lose their fears, focus on play and thus recover. It was Maria Montessori who said,“It is not the child that needs to adapt to its environment, but rather we must change the environment to meet the needs of the child.” Using this progressive Montessori guide line as the foundation for their planning, a|sh entered and won fourth place in a competition to build a clinic for children and adolescents for the University of Freiburg.
The planning of healthcare facilities for children and adolescents is a topic that a|sh feel very strongly about. A focal point
Taking inspiration from Freiburg’s wooded surroundings, the architects “invited” the animals to come out of the woods and
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into the hospital. Tracks, trails and silhouettes of deer, hare and fox can be found on the walls thus helping with orientation by giving each unit and floor its own identity through animal form and colour. Orientation means security and safety for children. A further aspect of the competition design included the use of multifunctional niches annexed to each children’s room. These can be used for play but also serve as parental overnight sleeping units thus providing a form of comfort and helping a child feel more at home. For the planning of the Psychiatric Clinic for Children and Adolescents (St. Anna Foundation) in Ludwigshafen, the architects chose to use pastel shades. Soothing yet uplifting colours such as olive green, pigeon blue and orange hues provide for comfort as well as orientation.
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