The SK Yee Healthy Life Centre is a modest yet meaningful project. Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP) completed the architectural design, including the interior fit-out, for a rooftop addition with the construction of a lightweight 380 sq.m. structure.
Its “lean and green” design allows the SK Yee Healthy Life Centre to provide more than just a healing environment — it also acts as a home, a garden, and a playground for patients. Its quiet rooftop location offers an ambience of calmness and serenity throughout, immersing patients in nature and daylight and offering them a stress-free healing experience. It demonstrates an exceptional example of the integration of sustainable design into healthcare architecture.
A Lean and Green Addition The concept is simple yet profound – the building embodies a number of green elements, beginning with its lightweight steel structure and low-carbon design features. The concept of “pulsation” informs the internal planning of the space, with each counseling room and functional area attached to a garden, creating a constant interplay between interior and exterior; continually drawing light and air into the structure.
A Light and Airy Interior The building structure is modest, yet at the same time rich with features. The Centre is 100-percent naturally lit and ventilated. The interior was designed with cross-ventilated windows which allow patients to have control over their environment, creating a place of comfort, respect and dignity. The naturally-ventilated interiors greatly improve indoor air quality, promoting a healthy interior environment which brings additional low-carbon benefits.
Green Greenery is prevalent throughout the Centre. Its integrated green roof and wall design creates a greenery coverage ratio of over 57 percent. Its extensive green roofs and walls not only reduce air-conditioner loading, but also offer a landscape that both the patients and surrounding neighbors can enjoy. This external landscape integrates seamlessly and harmoniously with the interiors, creating a stress-free experience for the patients.
Play With a number of unusual and intricate spaces under the slanted roofs and a playful interior with plenty of natural ventilation and daylight, the Centre provides a unique and fun counseling environment for children. The Slide House creates a wonderful and immediate interplay between the interior and exterior spaces.
Home The Centre is a showcase of sustainable healthy architecture which is highly significant for both healthcare professionals and patients. Opening a new chapter in healing architecture, healthcare professionals were actively involved in the design of the project from the earliest inception stage. This involvement helped created a calm ambience, immersed in light and air, which helps allay patient anxiety and ultimately transforms an empty space into a space filled with serenity and meaning.