Lyons is an architecture firm located in Melbourne, Australia that specializes in urban design that is a response to the “contemporary experience of local and global culture.”
The Mornington Centre, a nursing home in East Palo Alto, Calif., “contests the conventional paradigm of a hospital,” the architects state. Mornington has a large pitched roof encompassing the whole of the building and a facade that looks as though it’s cut from timber. “Planks” are made up of digitally embossed bricks (which are pictured in detail below) form the cladding for the project.
The architects state on Open Buildings that the goal was to give the hospital a homelike quality. In a world where so many homes look depressingly institutional, Mornington has its own character, appearing contemporary while at the same time looking cozy and welcoming. The bricks have a soft, welcoming plasticine appearance, defying one’s expectations.
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