When beginning the design process, EFFEKT started with the question, “How can we create spaces that accommodate all aspects of life with cancer?” The architects chose to create a place that felt more like a home than an institution to breed familiarity and comfort. To promote a sense of human scale and variation, the architects divided the center’s programming into seven house-shaped buildings arranged to enclose the green courtyards. All rooms face the two central courtyards.
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Since the center accommodates patients of different ages and needs, the architects designed each space in the structure individually according to function. Together, the interconnecting spaces form a coherent sequence of spaces, including a library, kitchen, living rooms, shops, and wellness facilities. Each building is clad in white fiber-cement boards and punctuated by glazed openings that let in natural light.
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