Circle Reading was designed by specialist architectural and structural engineering practice Bryden Wood, with the mission to create a sustainable, low carbon building adopting standardised production processes, that in turn can inspire the design of future hospitals.
The building has a distinctive, “basket-weave” glass cladding. Inside is a stunning double-height atrium, where patients meet with specialists or visitors, and can have a cup of tea and a freshly-prepared meal from the cafe. All patient rooms have windows facing an inner courtyard, clad in western red cedar, with a view of the building’s green roof: a soothing outlook. Rooms are luxuriously spacious and the hospital’s public areas calm and airy. High quality materials such as oak flooring are used throughout.