Health Care Fine Art comments on a new look hospital in London. There’s also a link to a post from last summer asking the question “Why No Cool Looking Hospitals?” Read the post and the comments—there are some interesting thoughts.
One thought on why the newest of hospitals continue to utilize traditional architectural themes is the opportunity for expansion. The boxy buildings make it easier to add floors or corridors without upsetting the design. Medicine changes often and sometime those changes require new construction.
Anyway, hospital design is getting better. The biggest challenge will come as we continue to update the Hill-Burton hospitals to allow, among other things (including functionality), natural light into buildings.