2009 – 2010 | London, UK

Translucent Hands

The design incorporates medical MRI technology image of hands into glass fins which highlight the entrance lobby to the new clinic.

The façade of this outpatient facility for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, at their historic base in central London, incorporates medical imagery using the MRI technology that the hospital uses to analyse bone conditions.

The ‘slices’ through the three-dimensional hands, printed onto the interlayer within the laminated glass fins, are spaced at the correct distance to provide a full three-dimensional image of a pair of hands with fingertips touching at the corner of the building.

The image is abstracted to avoid a too literal reading and the colours in the range of yellow to blue are grouped into blocks to re-scale the image back to the architectural element, the glass fin, of which the image is composed.

The images were provided by C | L to the façade contractor who was responsible for detailing the fixing and installation to the building.





Image: HOK


Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Bolsover Street, London, UK

Lead Design

Carpenter | Lowings


Manhattan Loft Corporation
Ltd., London, UK


HOK International -
London, UK
(Building Architect)
Baris - London, UK
(Executive Contractor)


2009 – 2010