AJ Architecture Awards 2021

The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Diseases in Children has won the Health and Wellbeing prize at the 2021 AJ Architecture Awards.

As reported by the AJ, 'Care’ – according to the judges – is the word that best sums up the Zayed Centre for Research, whose ‘finishes, details, acoustics, and clinical aspects, have all been done with a great deal of care.’

The result is a non-clinical architectural environment, where a sense of openness and generosity dissolves the ‘clinical experience’, creating a calm and dignified environment for young patients and their families as they address their health issues. The public-facing research facility also aims to celebrate and demystify the often-invisible work of researchers and clinicians. Placing science on show, a transparent ground floor gives prominence to the activities inside the laboratories, visible from all sides within the Centre as well as from the street outside.