Art: Womb with a View

With 28 medical clinic designs behind him, Seattle's Paul Hayden Kirk, 42, has emerged as the West Coast architect who can design just what the doctors order. Two years ago a group of seven Seattle psychoanalysts and psychiatrists, banded together as the Blakeley Psychiatric Group, went to Architect Kirk with a special problem. As one of them stated (with some symptoms of frustration): "Situated in the business district and open to the distractions of an apartment hotel, we run a dismal gauntlet—slamming doors, dripping faucets, a view of an alley, rattling trucks and an s.o.b. who dotes on playing the banjo....

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