The prestigious CNS Neurology Hospital at Patna challenges general pre-conceived notions on how a hospital building typology is. Its architecture not only addresses the uncompromising functions, efficiency of services and sterility mandatory in a hospital, but also its inherent intense emotions; offering reassurance, hope and optimism that comes from faith and showcasingthe triumph of the human spirit.
Thesix-storey structure houses OPD, IPD and diagnostic facilities, operation theatres, ICUs, physiotherapy facilities, a blood bank and a mortuary, hinged about a central service core.
The building form, the sleek, clear lines of its facade, the proportion of the surface and openings, the delightful mix of contemporary and traditional materials, earthy and funky colours; all clearly communicate that it is a modern, multi-speciality, techno-savvy hospice but with a heart, wanting to converse with the neighbourhood fabric. Integrating function with aesthetics, a mesh of creepers covering the rear service staircase is the literal insulating green facade while the metaphorical green, front facade responds to the local climate through warm coloured and visually striking vertical fins that rein in the harsh Indian sun.
This ‘hospitable’ hospital participates in the healing process of the patients even as it provides a happy environment for the health care people to go about their business of saving lives.