WAF 2017 – Cutting Edge Pharmacy by Tetsuya Matsumoto Art Works combines a sharp high-tech image with a reassuring sense of piece. The façade overlooking the street is totally glazed and contoured by protracted sharp edges. Wrapped by metallic panels, the structure welcomes guests into a minimal interior design.
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“The project reflects the high-tech sharp environment that patients expect from advanced medical care.” Says at Tetsuya Matsumoto Art Works to Archipanic. “Indeed, the simple fact of coming to a medical institution lays on the trust that the patient puts on modern medicine, but also the need for a human-based and professional service”.
Cutting Edge Pharmacy is located along one of the most important streets of Himeji City. The 150 sqm one floor building stands next to a hospital and supplies both guests and visitors. “The idea of this project is to promote the hospital by giving it a new image as it is subject to strong competitiveness”.
Protracted sharp edges frame a side-to-side, floor-to-ceiling glass facade. The edges are also projected into the minimalist white interior demarcated by a black cross. The horizontal line is a console for exhibiting key products. The vertical line of the cross is the gate towards the backyard where the prescriptions are prepared.
The entrance is on the left side of the building in the direction of the hospital liberating the glazed façade from unnecessary additional lines. The minimalistic interiors are designed in clean straight lines and enhanced with indirect lighting slits creating the high-tech sharp image that the patient expects from an advanced medical care.
In traditional dispensing pharmacies patients handle their prescriptions at the reception counter; the chemist then prepares the medicines in the backyard whilst the guests sit in a waiting space. Once done, the customers are called again to the counter to get explanations about the prescription.
At the Cutting Edge Pharmacy patients are not called to the counter again. Instead, the pharmacist meets them in the waiting lounge furnished in transparent chairs and minimalist tables. “These small attentions can make a big difference by providing an image of High Quality services inducing the process of healing” add at Tetsuya Matsumoto Art Works.
World Architecture Festival has has shortlisted the project for the WAF 2017 Award which will be announced this November in Berlin. Cutting Edge Farmacy will first compete for in Health architecture category for completed buildings.
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All photos by ©Stirling Elmendorf, courtesy of Tetsuya Matsumoto Art Works.