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Sumit Singhal
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.

CTIC – Centro de Tratamiento e Investigación sobre Cáncer Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo in Bogotá, Colombia by RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ Arquitectos

August 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ Arquitectos

The Center for Cancer Research and Treatment project promoted by the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo Foundation aims to provide the city of Bogotá with a specialized state-of- the-art cancer treatment center that meets the highest international standards.

In addition to the services provided by the Hospital with its approximately 280 beds there will be a research center to make the latest medical advances available to staff and patients.

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  • Architects: RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ Arquitectos
  • Project: CTIC – Centro de Tratamiento e Investigación sobre Cáncer Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo
  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Developer: Fundacion CTIC
  • Health Professional Assessment Consultancy: Perkins + Will, Chicago, USA
  • Hydraulic Eng: Plinco
  • Structural Eng: Ayrcadi
  • Safety & Control Eng: AGR

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  • Medical Gases: Linde
  • Electrical Eng: ODRQ
  • Vertical Traffic Eng: Transporte Vertical
  • HVAC Eng: Alvaro Tapias & Cia
  • Main uses:
    • Hospital: 62,778.30 m2
    • Hotel: 13,123.40 m2
    • Parking: 42,996.21 m2
    • Research: 10,406.91 m2
  • Grand Total Built Area: 129,304.82 m2
  • Built Area Above Ground: 77,439.99 m2
  • Built Area Below Ground: 51,864.83 m2

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Since the support and proximity of families will be a fundamental pillar of recovery for the patients, construction of a hotel linked to the campus is planned along with a consulting building to accompany patients once their time in hospital has finished.

This Hospital complex is designed to guide patients during all stages of their cure and recovery, with special attention to facilitating each step in the process so that each department operates not only to apply its own protocols, but also to coordinate with the other sections of the Hospital.

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The design of the services ensures a logical and efficient flow of patients in a multidisciplinary environment following the “one- stop shop” model which enables the patient to visit various specialists and undergo several tests during each visit.

Overall concept

Describe the knowledge and vision behind the project; inclusion of principles of salutogenesis, ideas and approach; preventative features and wellness factors.

The Hospital campus is located to the north of the city of Bogotá surrounded by green zones and with the hills of Los Cerros as the backdrop. The building faces the mountains, maximizing access to the views and creating a sequence of interior and exterior spaces that reconnect the patient to natural surroundings that, due to the favorable climatic conditions, can be used all year round.

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The car parks and logistic areas are located on two levels below grade in order to provide the campus with the largest area of green and pedestrian zones possible. The emergency and radiotherapy units are located on this level to provide them with a dedicated access connected to the central lobby.

The access to the outpatient services is articulated around a central atrium of four floors so that all patient itineraries begin and end at the same point. This makes the building more comprehensible and ensures that patients will have no trouble orienting themselves. The waiting areas on each floor, connected by open stairways, make this central space into a dynamic environment as it shares the views.

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The two hospitalization towers rest on this base. The first floor of both towers houses the chemotherapy area. They embrace the outdoor garden terraces which function as an extension of the unit and as a bridge between treatment and everyday life.

The hospitalization units are arranged around interior gardens that play the part of a cloister, visually connecting all the floors. They create a living, collaborative space for staff and patients, a recognizable environment with curved forms that connect us with nature and open toward the views, inviting contemplation.

Design approach

The curved geometry maximizes the perimeter of the building to ensure that staff and patients share an area with the highest environmental quality.

Patient transits are arranged around a vertical space connected with nature in a way that makes it easy to understand, on a sufficient scale to accommodate the different flows without losing sight of its nature as a waiting and contemplation area. The geometry, design and lighting of these areas seek to connect us with the hotel facilities where the patient becomes a guest.

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This compact building minimizes the need for transits and makes them efficient and accessible for patients. The itineraries maximize access to the views and interior gardens, inviting patients to take their first step towards recovery.

Technology in hospitals requires more and more space, turning patient zones into spaces dominated by technical equipment. By integrating technology into the design and through the use of natural-looking materials and indirect warm lights, this facility creates a more home-like atmosphere that disconnects us from the hospital surroundings.

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Describe core the services and activities; demonstrate the level of community engagement; the lifestyle approach; the preventive care focus and the safety and security features

Conceived for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and all its associated pathologies, the Hospital’s service portfolio brings all the specialties involved together in one place, providing the patient with an integrated service from the diagnosis of the illness to full recovery.

Early detection programs and a laboratory-linked research clinic will enable implementation of new, improved treatments in the future.

An anti-seismic structure will enable the Hospital to continue operating in the event of a disaster, while the technical plant provides it with a high degree of flexibility to adapt to new demands.

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The more complex services – surgery and the ICU – are located immediately under this level to ensure that their infrastructures are managed as efficiently as possible.

Vertical service trunking is grouped around the vertical transport installations to free floor space from infrastructures and ensure total flexibility in the event of retrofitting.

The same routing used for vertical transport of patients and materials also connect the services with the building’s infrastructures.

The modular façade is designed with alternate blank and glazed zones to achieve optimum energy performance. The glazing frosted to ensure the patient’s privacy while enhancing its energy efficiency performance.

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Wide eaves protect the public areas from direct sunlight, contribute greater transparency to the views and define the visual identity of the building.

Technical Sustainability

The Hospital intends to obtain LEED certification by implementing active and passive energy-saving measures and policies.

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