HENN and C.F. Møller Architects, of Berlin and Aarhus respectively, have jointly won an international competition to extend the iconic University Hospital RWTH Aachen in Germany. The winning entry, chosen amongst twelve others, responds to RWTH Aachen's existing listed 1970’s hospital with a partially-underground extension embedded in the landscape, seeking to minimize visual impact whilst creating lush green parkland for patients, staff, and the public.
The principles of ‘Healing Architecture’ were central to the design process of HENN + C.F. Møller’s 35,000 square meter scheme. Although large parts of the design are pushed underground, new operation and care facilities have been organized to enjoy extensive natural light, and access to green space. Rising with a sweeping gesture across the landscape, the building’s form creates an inviting, warm, bright public entrance, with carefully-designed views of the rooftop green parkland enabling intuitive wayfinding for patients and visitors.
A considerable addition to Aachen’s healthcare provision, the new extension will include a central surgery with 31 units, a day clinic with four units, and three intensive care units. In the interests of openness and efficiency, a series of specially-designed staff hubs puncture the versatile operations floor, promoting teamwork and inter-staff relations.
The award-winning designs are characterized by their functionality, transparency and futuristic design, and are harmoniously integrated into our existing core building said Peter Asché, Commercial Director at University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
News via: C.F. Møller Architects.
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