The Healthcare Innovation Exchange (HELIX) Centre is a purpose-built pop-up which identifies cost-effective solutions to the most pressing healthcare challenges faced today.
St.Mary's Hospital, famously known for Fleming's discovery of penicillin, worked in collaboration with the Royal College of Art to develop a hub for engagement for NHS staff and patients.
The HELIX was designed with RCA Architecture students Ralf Alwani, Joanna Hyland and Matthew Volsen. Due to a busy hospital environment, the centre was designed with prefabricated components so it could be delivered onsite efficiently and quickly.
Max Fordham's work included designing a system of natural ventilation through the tiled facade, with oak-cased pockets allowing the double skin to breathe. This comfortable environment is supplemented by low level heating during cooler months. The low-cost, high-impact design creates a building that, although designed in a clinical context, allows visitors to feel part of something special.