MISA – Mercers Institute for Successful Aging
MISA is an innovative healthcare model for care of the elderly, combining prevention and clinical care, research and teaching in a single location.
This 15,000sqm building occupies an extremely compacted and complicated site in the south east corner of the St. James’s Hospital complex.
The primary seven storey block, containing the In-patient accommodation, is arranged on a north south axis ensuring sunlight penetration to the bedrooms in the morning and afternoons, whilst also engaging with the public domain along the southern Linear Park. Day Areas with protected balconies benefit from south facing views over the Park and the Dublin cityscape beyond. The block is served by stair / lift cores at each end with circulation routes arranged around centrally located ancillary accommodation.
The larger ground and first floor template area arranged around a central landscaped courtyard, which also serves to animate the main two storey concourse and waiting areas associated with the ambulatory care clinics.
The Creative Life Centre occupies a pivotal position in the centre of the complex with workshop, office and an exhibition area animating the entry experience and reflecting the importance of creativity amongst the elderly.
The research component consisting of laboratories and testing facilities are located in the four storey block with a link connection to the Entrance Atrium.