Architects have the power to create physical environments that challenge social injustices of the past. Repurposing buildings can lead to new hope, like this heritage refurbishment of a Willem Pabst design. The Esselen Clinic provides services to hundreds of people who have not had the privilege of access to basic services such as healthcare, education and economic opportunity before. It is an important element in the urban fabric of the city.
Statement of the jury
The remarkable design combines the striking architecture of the historical building stocks with contemporary design. A unique building complex with an unmistakeable identity whose iconic character is emphasised even more by the understated black and white colour scheme.