NHS Farringdon Clinic

The number of antibiotic- resistant pathogens has been steadily rising over the past two decades with fewer new antibiotics being discovered to counter this increase. This is in-part a result of our over-reliance on antibiotics, particularly in hospitals, where reports of potentially fatal ‘super-bugs’ are becoming increasingly common. The architecture of the NHS in a post-antibiotic future therefore may require an alternative hospital typology, which would minimise the need for antibiotics through careful consideration of the movement of people, patients, and staff between spaces. Unlike the industrial scale of inner city hospitals in London, these smaller scale units would be strategically situated on unoccupied sites through-out London.

This conceptual project envisioned how the flagship model for these clinics might be designed and occupy a underground cutting in Farringdon. The centre is arranged primarily around the circulation routes, treating lifts as clean rooms between floors and the corridors as a space for the transportation of services rather than patients.  The rooms were then treated as separate units, however to prevent patients from feeling isolated each room relates closely with the surrounding city, while maintaining privacy through a series of perforated screens.