WAN Healthcare Award, London, United Kingdom
HEALTHCARE BUILDING OF THE YEAR
World Architecture News are proud to announce the winner of WAN's prestigious Healthcare Building of the Year 2009 as Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre at Moorfields. The London based architects responsible for the design, Penoyre & Prasad, will now receive the coveted prize beating competition from fellow London architect Zaha Hadid and scores of other architects from 22 countries over 6 continents.
The project's most distinctive feature is the solar shading used to both transform the facade and to provide the functional solution of shade. To do this, ornithology and ophthalmology combined with the study of flock flight patterns used to devise a rhythmic placement for the shard like shades of the Eye Center.