The new Bristol Heart Institute was designed by CODA Architects located in Bristol, United Kingdom. provides a world class centre of excellence for the NHS, with public and user engagement placed at the centre of the design process, including the Art Programme, responding to the belief that art can have a healing effect on patients. The new Heart Institute comprises beds, outpatient, diagnostic and surgical facilities, creating a focus of clinical accommodation for the Bristol Royal Infirmary and reconciling departmental adjacencies within the existing hospital whilst providing a new sense of arrival.
A linear atrium is the hub of the Institute building, providing a welcoming, clearly defined and legible route to all departments. It is bathed in natural, controlled light and colour, enhanced by trees, artwork and animated by glazed bridges and waiting spaces both within and adjacent to it. The interlocking rectilinear forms of the main entrance and terrace canopy above in copper signify the main entrance. This entrance portal leads to the central atrium, enhanced by the use of natural light and trees, giving patients an immediate sense of calm on arrival.