Ochiai Clinic, Japan
In Japan, the Ochiai Clinic for fever patients has undergone an Antimicrobial Copper fit-out including brass wall and worktop cladding and door furniture. Ken Takahashi, the avant garde architect-designer, combined art with science in his design concept - exploiting the inherent bug-killing properties of a warm, golden copper alloy.
Located in Urayasu City, Chiba in Japan, the Ochiai Clinic
marked a world first in Antimicrobial Copper implementation.
Taking advantage of its relocation from another site, the clinic
introduced brass-clad walls (brass being a copper alloy that
benefits from its antimicrobial properties) with a view to reducing
healthcare associated infections.
As Ochiai is a fever clinic, it was felt that coughs and sneezes
may prove a particular concern, with airborne particles settling on
walls, door furniture and counters that could then be picked up by
other individuals. For this reason, in addition to the
waiting room walls, door furniture and the reception counter were
also specified in brass.
Architect Ken Takahashi was excited to work with the metal, both
for its beauty and its contribution to reducing reservoirs of
infection. The clinic opened on October 26th 2009 to great
acclaim from the architectural and infection prevention
communities, and continues to draw attention for its unique look
and very visible infection control measures.