Machines for Healing

People don’t like hospitals much.

| Freemason’s Hospital, dark blue ceramic tiles at the main entrance, 1937 |

But this lovingly restored example of interwar functionalism has a very special feel. Bauhaus style.

The architects, Stephenson & Meldrum (Turner), were known for their health work.

In an essay on their buildings Julie Willis said “If Le Corbusier built houses that were ‘machines for living’, Stephenson & Turner built hospitals that were machines for healing.”

And they continue to heal.

| Stairwell, Freemason’s Hospital |

Julia Ritson

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