Article source: Billard Lecce Partnership and Bates Smart
The design of Melbourne’s $AUD1 billion Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) is based on ‘state of the art’ ideas developed by the hospital around a family-centred care model that puts children and their parents at the centre of the tertiary level paediatric care facility. Using innovative and evidence-based design principles, the RCH reflects changing healthcare practices, workplace patterns, user expectations, community aspirations and environmental responsibility.
The building’s formal arrangement, as well the internal and external spatial experiences, has been assembled to promote a restorative and healing environment for children and their families.
The brief was closely inspired by Rigshospitalet’s vision can be expressed by a number of objectives, of which the following are of particular importance: To be the preferred choice for patients who need highly specialized hospital care, to have high usability and to be a workplace that employees are proud to be part of.
Melbourne’s $1-billion Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) is based on state-of-the-art ideas developed by the hospital around a family-centred care model that puts children and their families at the centre of the facility. Using innovative and evidence-based design principles, the RCH reflects changing healthcare practices, workplace patterns, user expectations, community aspirations and environmental responsibility.
The therapeutic benefits of nature in healing underpin the overall design.
The new Erasmus MC, right in the middle of Rotterdam, is undergoing work. It was a deliberate choice to keep the new building in the heart of the city and not to construct it at the outer circle. Now a hospital rises up with its urban building structure, adding a number of green spaces in the city. As far as the design and facilities are concerned, the Erasmus MC will be able to fully meet expectations by putting its main focus on the independence and well-being of the patient. With this in mind, the structure of the new medical centre is divided into sections based on a number of patient themes which stretch out from the atrium, the centre of each theme. This design provides a logical format in which all the coordinating treatment areas are close together making it easy for the patients to find their way around.
Our project engages in an equilibrium (and disequilibrium) between the full and the empty, in other words between interior and exterior spaces, approaching both as materials.
There are six internal courtyards situated within the four unit complex: two large communal gardens of 350m², with four others interior to each unit, which light the way of the paths toward the rooms. The large open garden, accessible to all, is located in the eastern part of the grounds.
The new Albert Schweitzer Hospital is an important part of the larger urban development of the Health Park in Dordrecht. The park is designed as a multipurpose urban area that will welcome around 2.5 million visitors every year. The Health Park consists of three parts: a hospital zone surrounding the new Albert Schweitzer Hospital, a multi-functional sports boulevard and a spacious and pleasant boulevard with shops, restaurants, offices and apartments called the Esplanade. The Albert Schweitzer Hospital, designed by EGM architecten, was one of the driving forces behind this concept.