NICOLAS KOENIG


House of care
University of the Arts Berlin, 2019
In Collaboration with Lorenz Sedlmayr
3rd Prize AKG - Promotional award `Smart City`

The increasing life expectancy of the European population and the general population growth within our cities demands greater health and medical care. Existing systems need to be questioned and reformed. 

Health impairment leads to uncertainty and vulnerability. Personal needs and the perception of space and time intensify in cases of emergency. Whether one feels comfortable in his or hers surroundings can have a decisive influence on our physical and mental wellbeing. If the body as the biological shell no longer offers the adequate health protection which our vulnerable organs need, architecture must take on some of these responsibilities.

But how can architecture spatially combine the contermporary programmatic requirements of the outpatient first aid together with the well-being and advisory needs of the cities patients?

'House of Care' aims to combine primary care for people with outpatient injuries and a center for medical education and advice.Thus a new building typology was developed. A clearly visible and easily accessible building for health that creates the possibility of quick and easy cross-language contact with medical professionals for everyone regardless of insurance and origin. A possible answer for an urban house of health that we will need so urgently in the future.


Mark