Breaking Through 2022 Winner
Team representatives: Yunnan Allen, senior project architect; Brian Schaller, project designer; Adeline Morin, senior project designer
The premise: Healthcare today is rife with challenges including fixed resources, a high carbon footprint, secondary infections, stressful wayfinding, and an environment that often isn’t healing.
Recognizing this, Bionica works to avoid a narrow approach that solves a single healthcare delivery challenge by instead thinking more broadly and using advancements in modularity and mobility to solve many challenges.
It simultaneously addresses another key issue: If patients of the future were to design their own hospitals, they’d ask for healthcare services to be delivered to them.
The concept: Bionica consists of depositories of pods that connect services to patients. A patient’s healing journey begins and ends at home, with patient pods where care takes place and designed to be peaceful and infused with nature.
At the hospital,