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Living with buildings: Mobile and modular construction

Ellina Webb visits the “Living with Buildings” exhibition at the Wellcome Collection and discusses the innovative building techniques used in The Global Clinic commission.

Health, wellbeing and unique construction techniques for (and in) buildings has been a huge topic for us on the Hub as standards like the WELL building standard and our own Mitsubishi Electric Green Gateway philosophy continue to shape our mind-set and the way we design our products in a changing world.

Healthy buildings that are built sustainably and provide the best indoor environment for occupants is a global movement and excitingly the construction and technology industry is taking more and more steps forward when it comes to achieving this in line with Government legislation.

In fact, as we move in 2019 I’m already reading online about Europe’s drive for all new buildings to be built to “nearly zero-energy” standards, starting with those publicly owned. What’s more is that exhibitions like the Wellcome Collection’s current “Living with Buildings” show are highlighting the unique ways that “thinking outside the box” can achieve when it comes to construction and wellbeing; especially for publicly owned buildings like health centres.

I recently went to the “Living with Buildings” exhibition are here are some of my thoughts on one particular part which focuses on The Global Clinic commission.

What was it about?

The exhibition explores the link between architecture and health and displays a unique commission called “The Global Clinic” which has been created in a modular construction style in order to be both nomadic and adaptable to a variety of extreme outdoor environments. The main requirement of this type of building is to provide healthcare in emergency situations such as conflicts and natural disasters; without compromising on practical design and a healthy indoor environment.

The clinic was actually created in response to the Wellcome Collection’s call for proposals demonstrating how architecture could respond to a global issue in health today. The winning design was a collaboration between architects, engineers and an independent humanitarian charity called Doctors of the World.

Doctors of the World work “at home and abroad to empower excluded people to access healthcare” and this sees 3,000 volunteers in 80 countries provide medical care, strengthen health systems and address underlining barriers to healthcare. It was therefore noted in the exhibition information that inadequate options available for offering treatment in the field was a driver to producing such an unique building.

This article was originally featured on The Hub.
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