Children’s Eye Centre – Moorfields Eye Hospital

Construction year: 2007
Address: Peerless Street EC1 | LONDON | United Kingdom
Latitude/Longitude: 51.527, -0.08983

This world-class, dedicated treatment centre for children’s eye conditions combines the clinical expertise of Moorfields Eye Hospital with the research base of the adjacent Institute of Ophthalmology promoting fast transference of ‘bench to bedside’ research findings. The new building creates a landmark facility in line with the hospital’s international status & aspirations. The dedicated centre provides outpatient clinics, day surgery, research facilities & overnight accommodation facilities for patients & families & addresses highly prescriptive clinical requirements without losing sight of a supportive & child-friendly patient environment.

The design dispels preconceptions of hospitals to create a holistic, child-focused and welcoming environment. A potentially traumatic experience becomes a positive one, supported by a clear layout which gives a sense of security, engaging colour schemes and large relaxation and play areas. Overall, the design offers a textured and engaging experience, and a sense of discovery for patients whose ages range from 0 to 16 and who may find their treatment lasting for months or even years.

An integrated art programme includes lighting, interiors and the building’s entrance façade which features an arrangement of freely placed folded aluminium louvres to minimise solar gain and create an iconic street presence. A lighting sequence programmed for dusk floods the building with dynamic, glowing colours.

Client: Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust
Awards: 2009 WAN Awards, Healthcare Building of the Year
2008 World Architecture Festival Highly Commended
2008 Civic Trust Awards Winner
2008 Lighting Design Awards Winner ‘Best Exterior Lighting’
2008 Islington Society Awards Winner, ‘Best New Building in the Borough of Islington’
2007 Building Better Healthcare Awards Winner ‘Best Hospital Design’

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