Sunday, 3 August 2014

Dunedin Public Hospital Bridge

The Dunedin Public Hospital's entrance was redesigned in 1950, The Otago Health Board sought advice from designers Stephenson and Turner. At the time new medicine and flexible hospital designs encouraged new solutions for architecture to look monumental and symbolise the modernity with as 
"factories for healing".

In 1982 the hospital began work on a bridge that would connect the main wards to the specialist buildings on Great King street and Cumberland street, creating a singular factory for healing -
no longer casting staff and patients to the perils of pedestrian crossings..

The bridges brutalist design was inspired by the pre existing hospital entrance's modernist features.
Completely concrete and now featuring some intriguing weather stains, the facade is one intimidating piece of design. Merging the modernist ideals of equal gridded windows, sustainable and new materials and streamlined purpose with the unsettling communist Russia-esc looking brutalist facade
creates not a bridge but a sign of domination. A monument to mans advances in medicine and design crashing into the twentieth century.

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