St Joseph's Hospital

BDP, Cork, 2001


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Bon Secours care village 

Keith Hunter     Download Original

  • Bon Secours care village    
  • The low-profile road to the car park    
  • Fitting the landscape; to the right are the two lounges    
  • Glazing of the restaurant and lounge, with steps up to Cedar Lodge beyond    
  • The timber-clad chapel on the ‘village green’     
  • A garden between fingers of the plan    
  • The lounges at the ends of the residential groups cantilever toward the southerly panorama - most walls are retaining    
  • Chapel, with light-slot distancing it from the main building    
  • Lounge at the end of one residential group    
  • Cafeteria-style restaurant used by residents and staff    
  • A shift from normal room heights    
  • Master plan    
  • Lower ground floor    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section through care home    
  • Section through patient rooms    

Care village for the elderly, including a 60-bed high dependency hospital

The plan places buildings in distinct residential clusters, each with ten rooms, with lounges and support facilities. The design creates a ‘resort-style’ environment and caters for convalescent, respite and longer-term residents.

The buildings are arranged along a crescent street, incorporating mature trees, to maximise light and take advantage of the panoramic views. The full-length south-facing windows maximise views, exploiting the gardens and natural light.

The design creates improved interaction, specifically a street-style design allowing places for residents, staff and visitors to mix. Additionally, a village green provides space for outdoor games, eating with relatives and open-air masses.


  • Begun: Feb 2001
  • Completed: May 2001
  • Floor area: 4,143m2
  • Sectors: Healthcare, Residential
  • Total cost: £102.8M
  • Tender date: Nov 2000
  • Procurement: RIAI (Yellow Form) with Quantities
  • Address: Mount Desert, Lee Road, Cork, Ireland

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