Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel by Zeidler Partnership Architects + Moore Architects + M. Brestovisky Architects
May 18th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Zeidler Partnership Architects + Moore Architects + M. Brestovisky Architects
Zeidler Partnership Architects with local architects Moore Architects + M. Brestovisky Architects and Urban Designers, is one of 15 firms to be presented with a 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Award tomorrow evening at the OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards and Dinner. The event will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, hosted by OAA President Bill Birdsell and Master of Ceremonies, Ben Mulroney. Zeidler will be receiving an award for the Assuta Medical Center project.
Tarek El-Khatib, senior partner and lead design architect, says, “We are excited to see that the OAA is celebrating international architecture designed by Ontario firms. The Assuta Medical Centre was conceived as a healing village and we hope to continue building on these ideas for future healthcare facilities locally.”
The OAA awards are judged based on the following criteria: creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business and legacy. The Assuta Medical Center demonstrates all of these qualities. In response to the context and inspired by traditional Mediterranean hillside villages, the architects differentiated the building mass: public spaces and clinical services form a technical base with inpatient rooms above.
In the old hospital, the central garden connected all uses; however, this circular concept could not be implemented on the narrow site. Instead, a “U”-shaped spine anchors the program while acting as the main wayfinding device. An angled cut at the base marks the main entrance from the street. The spine then draws circulation through the building, alongside Hayarkon Park and back to the street.
Conceived as a healing village sitting atop a cavernous rock, the composition comprises a visually light white mass sitting on a heavy, red stone base. The red stone continues inside the building, defining public spaces that evoke rock passageways of the city of Petra, Jordan.
Spiritual wellness is centred in the “contemplation space”, a room floating between the park and the public atrium. The plinth, designed to function as a bomb shelter, is a visual and metaphorical weight in contrast to the upper bedrooms with their numerous windows. Found in translation, the architecture resolves cultural, physical and programming challenges.
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