Over the past few months, we’ve reported a lot on the troubles plaguing RMJM, one the world’s largest architecture firms. Just last week, we posted about a former staffer, one of 80 employees who voluntarily walked away from the company right as the bad press started to hit, who was more than willing to talk about why he left and what his time was like in one wing of the company’s empire. However, it’s also likely important to share the other side of the company, like their winning of contracts and awards for their work. Such has happened recently with their work redesigning a hospital and the area surrounding it in Khoo Teck Puat, a suburb of Singapore. In the annual awards handed out by the Singapore Institute of Architects, the redesign won both Best Institutional Healthcare Building Design and the overall Building of the Year prize. Here’s a bit about the building from The Herald:
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has 550 beds and is the top healthcare institution in the region. It has been transformed into a relaxing environment for recovery, which combines the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape with cutting-edge security and safety features. The SIA commended RMJM for creating a powerful environment for healing from a building normally associated with illness. The hospital is located in a lush green setting next to the area’s Yishun Pond.
Call us softies, but like we did when the Smithsonian was being bogged down with Wojnarowicz-Gate, we felt it was important to share that it’s not all-negative-all-the-time at an organization, just because portions of it seem constantly embroiled in controversy.