kubota architect atelier: m clinic
kubota architect atelier: m clinic
jul 03, 2011

kubota architect atelier: m clinic

‘m-clinic’ by kubota architect atelier in hiroshima, japan all images courtesy kubota architect atelier photographer: hiroshi ueda




‘m-clinic’ by yamaguchi-based practice kubota architect atelier (katsufumi kubota) is a three-storey eye clinic and guesthouse in hiroshima, japan. situated on the border line between the city’s urban and suburban context, the design provides a visual landmark for the area with a striking exterior identity consisting of three angular overhangs that excise the space.

kubota architect atelier: m clinic exterior view




divided into two legible volumes, the building features a transparent box that accommodates the guest lodge, reception, and waiting area. the floor-to-ceiling glazed facade provides expansive views of the city from within, establishing a projected sense of space of the interior. the guesthouse, located on the top floor, benefits from a suspended atmosphere autonomous of the rest of the clinic.

kubota architect atelier: m clinic (left) street view (right) reflective pool




housed in the solid volume adjacent to the glass box is the facility’s operation rooms. wrapped in a silver sheet metal skin, the interior programs maximizes on privacy from the street. the dichotomous character of the design achieves and meets both programs’ needs, simultaneously providing very ‘open’ and ‘closed’ spaces.

kubota architect atelier: m clinic interior view of lodging level

kubota architect atelier: m clinic from living space

kubota architect atelier: m clinic view from inside

kubota architect atelier: m clinic examination space

kubota architect atelier: m clinic (left) staircase (right) operation room

kubota architect atelier: m clinic bathroom

kubota architect atelier: m clinic night view

kubota architect atelier: m clinic



project info:


site area: 338.82 m2 building area: 191.49 m2 total floor area: 562.04 m2 structure: steel-frame construction construction: nomura architect construction

  • why is there a net in front of the windows?

    sarah says:
  • super sharp; surgically sharp.

    nicey says:
  • sarah:

    it’s not a net, it’s wire glass (probably in lieu of tempered glass)

    itsme says:
  • exquisite

    dbkii says:
  • @itsme: thanks for the information!

    sarah says:
  • Fantastic!!! much better when you open the pictures and you realize is not a render

    GIARQ says:
  • Nice design, but the view outside is terrible!!

    Dario says:
  • I thought it WAS a render

    fx says:
  • ja, it’s almost not real

    ppr says:
  • beautiful.
    birds though would love it

    mark022 says:
  • wow these are amazing shots, I love to see some good architecture that can really make something that looks cold into something that is a piece of art.

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    Mick says:
  • WOW!!!Very unique and nice.

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    hospital architect says:
  • wonderful façade design !!!!
    simple, clean, markable

    s parola says:

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