Science and more, to make you well:
The programs of this hospital provide support for women at some of the most important moments in their lives, and the lives of their families. As such, the design shifts the concept of the traditional hospital and turns it into a place of wellbeing, meditation and learning. Plenty of natural light, constant visual and physical connections to green spaces and nature, warm materials and colors, silent and relaxed areas alternating with those that are active and lively. All of these elements create a hospital full of positive experiences that adapt to the necessities of women and their families.
The hospital accommodates many patients of different backgrounds and ages, so it must be adaptable to this variety of users and provide a variety of spaces. Spaces to meditate before an important operation, rest after giving birth, socialize with other patients, or learn and participate in activities. Patients can choose what they want to do at their own pace.
Not only are the patients and their families of prime importance in this project, but the hospital staff, the long-term users of the building, also need to be provided with a healthy, bright and efficient working environment. This reduces stress, and enables them to give their best service. This is achieved, not by thinking of the staff areas as dark and residual service spaces, but as well lit, well ventilated, and generous served spaces: corridors with plenty of natural light, efficient, not frustrating circulation, and easy access to outdoor private outdoor spaces.
The project is located on a site of high amenity, surrounded by parklands and a river to the south. Consequently, this hospital, conceived as a place for healing and wellbeing, provides constant reminders of and relationships with nature. All the corridors relate to the inner courtyards and the outer landscape and views. Waiting areas are surrounded by glass walls seamlessly connected to green spaces. Each of the inpatient rooms is provided with a green balcony and views to the river. Nature becomes a key element in the healing process for all its patients, reducing stress and facilitating recovery.
The project takes advantage of the river by creating a walking path within a riverfront landscape, and then locating the most public part of the program: the cafes, the restaurant, workshops and the lecture hall so that they open up to that landscape. The podium extends towards the river with a generous canopy and curved geometries creating a very gentle edge that the patients and family can use to relieve stress, advance recovery, and enjoy nature.
This hospital is structured around a street-like atrium, imbued in natural light, which connects the different programmed buildings such as gynecology, obstetrics, laboratory and administration. Each building is efficiently distributed to shorten circulation and increase efficiency, following a modular structure that enables future expansion and transformation.
Contemporary hospitals should not only be about treating patients, they should be places with where you are encouraged to engage and to learn. The central spine provides a street-like space full of activities such as expositions and workshops, where visitors can learn about maternity issues and women’s health; and a restaurant and a lecture hall, where visitors can relax and learn. The spine is also the perfect central hub that connects all the programs. The department buildings project into the atrium space, clearly announcing their functions and facilitating navigation through the hospital.
The hospital is smartly organized into different areas to maximize efficiency. Emergency rooms and laboratories are stacked together to provide a fast response and they are located next to the main road. Obstetrics and Gynecology, located next to and focused on the river, houses outpatient programs on the ground floor and second floor, and locates its inpatient program on the third floor and fourth floor. The laboratories become the central element that serves the three main programs (emergency, obstetrics, and gynecology).
This hospital provides mindfulness, science, and nature to ensure patients, families and staff, achieve a positive healthy outcome for mind, and body.
Project Status: Invited competition
地点: 中国, 上海, 青浦
Location: Qingpu, Shanghai, China
Client: Shanghai Dianshan Lake New Town Development Co., Ltd.
建筑面积: 85,500平方米, 基地面积：64,000平方米
Construction Area: 85,500㎡ site area: 64,000㎡
Program: Obstetrics and gynecology hospital
BAU项目组成员: Luo Huaili, Francisco Garcia Sung, 徐圣航,卢芃宏, 李旭丰, 姜雨佳, James Brearly
BAU Project Team: Luo Huaili, Francisco Garcia Sung, Hocci Xu, Lu Penghong, Li Xufeng, Jiang Yujia, James Brearly
3D Rendering: BAU