There are a lot of cool looking public buildings in the world. In my limited travels I have seen dozens of high style museums, libraries, corporate offices, schools and even government buildings. But I can’t think of one high style hospital. Why?
Can’t Afford It? You do have to pay more for high-style, but with 16% of the GNP being spent on HealthCare, there are billions of dollars going into construction.
Customer’s Too Conservative? The customer’s who pay for hospital construction are the hospital or corporate boards. They are made up of perhaps a dozen people. I can’t see why hospital boards are more conservative than other boards.
Won’t work? If form follows function, is there something about the way hospitals work that prohibits High Style? There are many regulations such as those published by the Joint Commission but I don’t think they prohibit buildings from looking cool.
Convention! I suspect that the answer to my question “Why No Cool Looking Hospitals” is that there is an accepted convention that hospitals should not be cutting-edge design.