The "Sora no Mori" Clinic located in Okinawa Prefecture southernmost prefecture in Japan, is legally specialized in the treatment of infertility. Traditional clinics or hospitals placed huge emphasis on the cleanliness, and the requirements for sanitation for a considerable proportion. Compared to a conventional medical building, our concept is to design a village that is in symbiosis with nature, meanwhile gently aiding patients to fulfil their desire of bearing children.
Majority of the forests in Okinawa were lost during the war. After it became a US military base, the popularity of the concrete structures soared. This led to the consequence of the reduction in wood structure. This project attempts to revive the forest and timber culture in Okinawa in order to create an environment directed to living within nature. Furthermore, the design attempts to bring awareness towards the knowledge of our coexistence with nature from traditional Okinawa buildings, and try to push the boundaries of modern structural technology.
The local climate in Okinawa is very stable and comfortable, making it the most suitable environment for living. Even in the summer, you will be comforted by the fresh breeze blowing from the sea as you rest in the shade away from the sun. The heat of the sunshine is sufficient to keep you warm in winter and the modern structural system ensures that the building can withstand the strong winds in the typhoon season.
The building has deep eaves and wide corridors that are common in traditional Japanese buildings, and the indoor spaces are completely connected by semi-outdoor corridors. Although the circulation seems become longer, there’s no complaints from patients. The room can be completely open to the outside, embracing nature from the inside, and patients can appreciate nature from the inside. People can feel the breeze blowing from the Okinawa Sea while keeping cool by sitting in the shade under the eaves. There is no so-called external circulation (patients) or internal circulation (doctors, employees) in this clinic. All spaces and circulation are completely opened. Although the scale of this clinic is close to the hospital, patients who have just arrived may get lost, but they are not displeased at all because that. It is like walking on an old street and never get tired of discovering new corners.
Pavilion is lined up at the end of the road, which is all led to the rich Ryukyu limestone floor of Okinawa. It is a relaxing place to rest and stay after the operation. The examination room is designed as a large living space for patients to receive consultations.
Operation Zone wrapped in Ryukyu limestone and constructed of concrete, is located in the center of the building. It is a high-performance clean room that includes an operating department, egg collection room, artificial insemination room, etc. The air pressure in each room of the surgery center is controllable to ensure that it is extremely difficult for bacteria to enter. On the other hand, the operating room and egg retrieval room are designed with non-angle curved walls. Lighting that includes fluctuations controlled by the scene control device creates a relaxing space. Lighting that includes fluctuations controlled by the scene control device creates a relaxing space.
The landscape design is based on the theme of "Okinawa's original landscape". Most of the selected plants come from the Okinawa Islands, and that the vegetation exists to deliver a calming atmosphere.
The client of the Sora No Mori Clinic believes that humans should live with lots of bacteria, in fact more than their own cells. Humans live in such an incredible symbiosis with bacteria just as with nature. Problems will arise If humans are placed in a completely sterile environment. Therefore, the Sora No Mori Clinic ensures that the central operating area is exceptionally clean and functional, while opening the rest to the external environment as much as possible, so that people can access to nature.
The textile quality of the wood, feeling of the water vapors in the air, and watching the changes of light and shadow in the day, these are the daily life in the ancient forest that once nurtured people, and it is only secondary to the medical care in this building. After the completion of the Sora No Mori Clinic, the implantation rate for infertility treatment has more than doubled compared to the previous. This is not only because of advanced medical technology, but also the best example of the impact of architectural space on human life.
主创建筑师：Takaharu Tezuka、Yui Tezuka,
设计团队完整名单：Yumi Saito、Shin Hirayama、Rina Chinen、Yuki Henmi、Takehiro Ota、Keita Sakuraoka、Kenta Yano、Miya Atsusaka、Akkio Ota
结构设计：Ohno JAPAN / Hirofumi Ohno + Katsuhito Nakano
景观设计：Ten-Kei / Keiichi Ishikawa
照明设计：Bonbori Lighting Architect & Associates,inc / Masahide Kakudate、Kaho Wakayama
设备：SEITSUBIKEIKAKU. Co.,Ltd / Sinobu Watanabe、Eijiroh Mori、Kiwamu Murata
艺术总监：Taku Satoh Design Office Inc. / Taku Satoh、Kaoru Machida