‘Lighthouse’ Moscow Children’s Hospice

The winner of the open charity architectural contest

Date: 2013

Location: Russia, Moscow

Square: 3,146 m2

Status: Built

When developing an architectural concept of a children’s hospice, we referred to a heart-piercing story of a Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki from Hiroshima. Her diagnosis was unpromising – leukemia, but a 12-year old girl believed in a legend that if you created 1,000 origami cranes, then you’d be able to make any wish. Unfortunately, she has managed to make only 644 cranes, but from that moment on those origami figures have become a symbol of hope and piece.

The foreside elements of the building and plastique of architectural details bear some resemblance to origami figures — a roof of balconies and a green house, as well as an awning of entry elements look like made of paper. Columns look like details used for folding up the paper cranes. The foreside color scheme is composed of bright and deep shades that complies with the selected concept — origami are customarily created of different colors. Window framing simulates bright paper pieces too, as a symbol of different characters and destinies.

Ward partitions on a porch represent a pattern that illustrates fairy tale scenes. An internal side of balconies is faced with wood-textured panels which create a cozy atmosphere. Flower beds, benches and walkways are provided for within the hospice territory. A garden is enriched with sculptures, which look like folded of paper.

The foreside is coated with brick, which is associated with home. The brick has a creatively different texture and is placed down in an interesting drawing. There are brick-size illuminators fixed between the bricks in some foreside parts. They are invisible in the daytime, but gleam at nighttime standing for internal light and emotional warmth of all people concerned with the hospice.