Naturally, architecture, sustainability, and culturally driven design vary widely in healthcare facilities around the world; however, a number of commonalities still ring true from Melbourne, Australia, to Beijing to Tel Aviv, Israel, to London.
Zvi Mosessco, owner of the Herziliya, Israel-based firm Z. Mosessco Architect & Townplanner LTD, says older hospitals in Israel used to incorporate porches and verandas for natural ventilation, but air conditioning has led to the replacement of those open spaces with small windows, which limits daylighting. “The plan now is to get back to where we used to be and bring in the cool night air in place of the air conditioning. In addition, we need to make sure that building orientation will let in the sun in the winter, but not the heat gain in the summer,” he says.
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