You expect clinics to look, well, clinical, modernist, austerely immaculate boxes, hygienically white inside and out. REHAB Basel is a privately run rehabilitation clinic for patients with spinal-cord or brain injuries, they can stay here up to 18 months. It appears residential and natural, though not with a funky, down-home earthiness, but crispy modern. Here, oak, pine, larch, and ironwoods enclose and screen exterior walls, and a rectilinear plan brings daylight and landscape into its precincts through courtyards, grassy roofs, glazed walls, upper-level decks, and skylights. The double and single rooms have daylight from above and an outside balcony. The indoor swimming pool offers views into the sky from a pyramid-like dome above. The floors are very wide, open giving wheelchair-bound patients a sense of autonomy. Almost a place where anyone would like to live.