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Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework

  • 01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework
Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework, Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Baojing, Xiangxi, Hunan, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Joshua Bolchover and John Lin
  • Design Team

    Joshua Bolchover and John Lin, Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
  • Project team

    Mark Kingsley, Jeffery Huang, Crystal Kwan, Huang Zhiyun, Tiffany Leung, Johnny Cullinan, Tanya Tsui, Joyce Ip
  • Area

    1450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Commissioning Donor

    Institute of integrated Rural Development
  • Additional Donors

    Luke Him Sau Charitable Trust
  • Project manager

    Maggie K Y Ma
  • Total Cost

    272,000 USD (1,697,250 RMB)
  • Unit Cost

    190 USD/sqm (1,170 RMB/sqm)
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Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework, Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

From the architect. Rural healthcare in China currently faces a multitude of challenges. Rural institutions are generally unfavourable compared to those in urban locales. Government subsidies and the raising of doctor and hospital incomes also lead to overcharging and needless treatments and exams. Commissioned by a Hong Kong charity, Institute for Integrated Rural Development, this project involves designing China’s first charitable hospital whilst helping foster a new attitude toward rural healthcare.

Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Working closely with the charity and government in Angdong Village of Hunan Province, our task was to develop a model rural health care building capable of supporting the many progressive reforms on rural hospital management and care giving. This includes providing basic necessities absent in current establishments, some as simple as waiting rooms. Additionally, seeing that most institutions in China, such as schools and hospitals, are walled off and managed as contained programs, we were interested in re-introducing the hospital as a publicly-friendly facility.

Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

The program of a hospital is re-configured from its conventional form. The design begins with a simple strategy to provide a continuous ramp access to all floors. A wide ramp allows for seating and improves circulation. This also creates a large central courtyard space open for public use. At the ground level, the courtyard provides additional steps for seating and serves as an outdoor waiting area. Materials consist of both recycled traditional bricks, which form the exterior façade, and custom designed concrete screen blocks, which flank the interior spiral passageway. Though from a distance they appear like the common type, these custom blocks are cast in a flexible latex mold. The resulting courtyard exhibits a soft and smoothly changing quality, casting variable shadows throughout the day.

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Floor Plan
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安东医院项目 / Rural Urban Framework