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Sumit Singhal
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.

HOSPITAL AZ ZENO in KNOKKE-HEIST, Belgium by TA AAPROG-BOECKX-BURO II & ARCHI+I

 
December 10th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TA AAPROG-BOECKX-BURO II & ARCHI+I

A warm and human living environment close to nature gives patients the chance to heal faster. Several studies show that environmental factors such pleasant views, green, color, social activities, etc. can affect the healing process considerably.

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  • Architects: TA AAPROG-BOECKX-BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: HOSPITAL AZ ZENO
  • Location: KNOKKE-HEIST, Belgium
  • Team: 
    • Architecture: temporary association aaprog – boeckx. – buro ii & archi+i
    • Technology and sustainability: ingenium nv [brugge]
  • Stability: temporary association greisch [angleur-luik] – s.c.e.s [brugge]
  • Cooperation in concept
  • Landscape architecture and execution: buro ii & archi+i
  • Landscape concept: paul deroose [jabbeke]
  • Front and façade technology: van santen&associés [lille frankrijk]
  • Interdisciplinary coordination: marleen wynants [brussel]
  • Project director: Ir.arch. Michel Van der Beken
  • Designer architect: Arch. Toon Desimpelaere, Arch. Philippe Brysse, Arch. Mathias Kerremans
  • Interior architect: Int.arch. Hugo Van Leuven, Int.arch. Joost Claeys
  • Landscape architect: Kobe Vanhaeren 
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  • Surfaces:
    • Gross floor area: 48.811 m²
    • Energy Performance [EPB]
  • K level: K19
  • Status
    • Starting study master plan: 08.11.06 – approval: 31.03.08
    • Specified execution term: January 2012 – March 2014
    • Building permet: October 8th, 2010
    • Grant approval: December 3rd, 2012
    • Actual execution term: 880 working days
    • Handover date: started on February 4th, 2013
  • Source: Design & Health – Alan Dilani
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The temporary association AAPROG – BOECKX. – BURO II & ARCHI+I won in 2007 the ambitious competition of vzw Gezondheidszorg Oostkust for a new hospital in Knokke-Heist on the Belgian coast. Ten years later, this futuristic building is to be built: it will be operational in the summer of 2017.

The grounds where the hospital will be built, extend to 20 hectares. The new health care facility contains a hospital, a rehabilitation centre, a care hotel, an outpatients’ clinic, lecture halls, public events spaces and a helipad. The challenges and ambitions of the new hospital range from being highly functional and future-oriented to sustainable and in any case, conserve the rural character of the environment.

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The new hospital, inspired on the works of René Magritte, seemingly levitates above the landscape and is dominated by nature and light as far as the rooms below the ground fl oor. The transition between outside and inside, between the care facilities and the public spaces is almost seamless resulting in an inviting and inspiring context of care. The design is a striking example of “living architecture”: sustainable design and construction with a special eye for integration in the natural landscape, ecological energy and materials used.

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The particular approach from a true multi-disciplinary team means a break with the traditional approach in architecture and established a precedent in open consideration and collaboration at every level: from concept and design, planning, constructing to occupation and future evolution. The design team achieved a true breakthrough away from the tradition of hospitals as functional boxes with sterile spaces and instead focused on harmonising medical functions, personal relief and comfort and social interaction.

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A clear choice has been made to use sustainable and energy saving measures, without compromising on the high comfort requirements. Among other things a biomass boiler, cogeneration and borehole energy storage contribute to sustainable energy generation. Ingenium is responsible for the study of the complete technical equipment of the building, and also for the commissioning in the new hospital. For this in-depth tests are carried out that exceed those of a normal delivery. Special attention is also paid to the operation and interaction of the installations, technical and structural, after commissioning., as to the   maintenance contracts of the different technical installations.

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