Sharp Memorial Hospital was recently voted the most beautiful hospital in the country, in an online survey.
An interesting tidbit: Though voters ranked Sharp Memorial at the top of this poll, the same building was also submitted as an onion (an architectural eyesore) in the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Orchids & Onions.
Contributors of Soliant.com also had mixed reviews for the hospital’s design, which were featured in a news release.
"Sharp and its designers should be applauded for an exterior concept focused on creating a healing environment inside," one contributor wrote.
"[Sharp has] an arrogant main entry that doesn't relate to hospital operations, functionality or patient circulation … an ill-thought exclamation mark on a … plain building that provides minimal design interest," another contributor posted.