Newly built HELIX studio opens

KSS is proud to announce that one of our Part II students, Joanna Hyland, helped design the new Healthcare Innovation Exchange Centre (HELIX) in Norfolk Place at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

The Royal College of Art (RCA) Architecture students won an internal competition for the design of a temporary studio for the HELIX Centre in December 2013. The HELIX studio combines user‐centred design expertise and creativity of the RCA with the clinical, engineering and scientific knowhow of Imperial College to optimise healthcare innovation.

KSS Part II student, Joanna Hyland designed the tiled outer skin, table and interior elements. The design derives from the principles of the HELIX initiative which aims to tackle the five major global health challenges with a focus on cost-effective, high-impact, design-led initiatives that can transform healthcare both in developed and developing health systems. The structure resembles a bookcase with the workspace a table, offering flexibility to the users to be able to arrange the interior as each function requires. As the HELIX Centre progresses the shelves will house, archive and display records of their work.

The purpose built HELIX Centre was completed earlier this month, and operates an open-door policy inviting healthcare staff to participate in seminars and workshops with the aim of improving and delivering low cost healthcare.

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