Health care

Designing a Wide Variety of Spaces

We have participated in a wide range of projects, including domestic projects extending from comfortable facilities in which patients can live as if they were at home, to radiotherapy facilities that provide state-of-the-art care as well as overseas projects from public health centers supporting basic human needs, to highly advanced hospitals that enable patients to be treated without having to be transferred to an overseas hospital. To address these diverse needs, we strive to keep abreast of the latest knowledge and hone our technology.

Concept

#01

Outstanding client satisfaction through effective communication

In the healthcare sector, where the nature of business is diverse and specific to each institution, it is important to accurately address the needs of each client. With the basic policy of designs based on communication, we provide facilities that highly satisfy the client by employing various visualization methods and reflecting the client’s priorities and wishes to the letter.

#02

Safe and comfortable facilities easy to
use for everyone

As healthcare facilities are used by people in poor physical condition, they need to offer greater safety, for example by taking evidence-based measures to control the spread of infection, implementing universal design, and preparing for various disasters. Besides these fundamental safety functions, Azusa seeks to provide patients with comfort to give them vigor.

#03

Flexible and sustainable facilities whose
value will not diminish with time

Healthcare facilities are highly susceptible to changes in health insurance systems and advances in medical technology. As such, it is crucial for them to be built in a way that makes renovation and extension easy. Azusa employs short-, medium-, and long-term measures that are conceivable at the design stage to create durable facilities.

Message from the Domain Head

Muramoto Kazuhiko

Executive director and head of the Healthcare Domain

The term “architect” derives from the Greek words meaning “the head person with a knowledge of how to make things.” Whenever designing a healthcare facility, I remain acutely aware of this meaning, as designing those facilities tests the architect’s ability to utilize human networks and combine broad knowledge and technologies for the purpose of proposing the best option. The reasons behind this are mainly threefold:
(1) healthcare facilities are used by people from all walks of life;
(2) our project counterparts are almost exclusively experts in their respective fields; and
(3) cutting-edge technology needs to be introduced to help provide state-of-the-art medical care.
Considering these, although taking time to mature as an expert, I believe architects occupy a very meaningful profession.

As Japan’s population is declining and aging, the nation is expected to face major demographic challenges in 2025 and in 2040. In this environment, we expect increases in both demand for healthcare facilities in Japan, and the nation’s export of medical products and services. As an organization made up of “head persons with a knowledge of how to make things,” Azusa will continue to make proposals and contribute to society.

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