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White Arkitekter designs Mother & Baby Hospital Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo

11:00 - 11 January, 2019
White Arkitekter designs Mother & Baby Hospital Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo , Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter has unveiled its design for a mother and baby unit for the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Scandinavian firm developed a new facility to be built onto the existing hospital, designed to improve the wellbeing for mothers and children. The project was highly commended at WAF 2018 in the Health-Future Project category.

The Panzi Hospital, set up following 20 years of war and devastation, has expanded its focus to treating survivors of sexual violence and serves over 400,000 people. The new unit will replace the overcrowded facilities at Panzi Hospital, which deals with up to 3500 births per year, and aims to reduce the maternal and post-natal mortality rate while providing more positive birth experiences.

Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter + 11

Snøhetta Designs Outdoor Retreats for Norway’s Largest Hospitals

13:00 - 7 January, 2019
Snøhetta Designs Outdoor Retreats for Norway’s Largest Hospitals, Outdoor Care Retreat. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Outdoor Care Retreat. Image © Ivar Kvaal

Design practice Snøhetta has created a series of secluded wooden shelters for Norway's largest hospitals. Sited in the forest, the shelters were created on behalf of the Friluftssykehuset Foundation. Designed to make hospitalization easier for patients and their families, the outdoor retreats offer a physical and psychological respite from treatments and the isolation that can follow long-term hospitalization.

Outdoor Care Retreat. Image © Ivar Kvaal Outdoor Care Retreat. Image © Ivar Kvaal Outdoor Care Retreat. Image © Ivar Kvaal Outdoor Care Retreat. Image © Ivar Kvaal + 9

Safdie Architects and Perkins+Will's Albert Einstein Medical School Breaks Ground in São Paulo

11:00 - 7 November, 2018
Safdie Architects and Perkins+Will's Albert Einstein Medical School Breaks Ground in São Paulo, Vista do átrio. Image Cortesia de Safdie Architects
Vista do átrio. Image Cortesia de Safdie Architects

The first Brazilian project by Safdie Architects has broken ground in Sao Paolo's Morumbi neighborhood on November 6. Developed in partnership with Perkins+Will, The Albert Einstein Education and Research Center is part of the Albert Einstein hospital complex.

The new center, named Campus Cecilia and Abram Szajman, will be one of the most advanced institutions in Latin America for medical studies. It will feature innovations in learning methods and technologies, as well as flexible research laboratories capable of adapting to the advancement of hospital techniques.

AD Classics: Venice Hospital / Le Corbusier

22:00 - 16 October, 2018
AD Classics: Venice Hospital / Le Corbusier, Model. Image © Fondation Le Corbusier (FLC/ADAGP)
Model. Image © Fondation Le Corbusier (FLC/ADAGP)

This article was originally published on August 15, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Le Corbusier made an indelible mark on Modernist architecture when he declared “une maison est une machine-à-habiter” (“a house is a machine for living”). His belief that architecture should be as efficient as machinery resulted in such proposals such as the Plan Voisin, a proposal to transform the Second Empire boulevards of Paris into a series of cruciform skyscrapers rising from a grid of freeways and open parks.[1] Not all of Le Corbusier’s concepts, however, were geared toward such radical urban transformation. His 1965 proposal for a hospital in Venice, Italy, was notable in its attempt at seeking aesthetic harmony with its unique surroundings: an attempt not to eradicate history, but to translate it.

Model. Image © Fondation Le Corbusier (FLC/ADAGP) Plan Plan Situation Plan + 7

Renzo Piano Building Workshop Presents Concept Designs for Series of Hospitals in Greece

12:00 - 27 June, 2018
Renzo Piano Building Workshop Presents Concept Designs for Series of Hospitals in Greece, Preliminary architectural design for the Children's Hospital in Thessaloniki . Image © Marilena Katsini
Preliminary architectural design for the Children's Hospital in Thessaloniki . Image © Marilena Katsini

The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has presented their preliminary design approaches for three hospitals in Greece. Part of a €200 million ($240 million) healthcare initiative launched by the Greek government, RPBW will produce designs for a General Hospital of Kromotini, a Children’s Hospital in Thessaloniki, and the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens which will also form part of the University’s Faculty of Nursing.

The three schemes are united by a “people-centric” approach, with each project seeking to integrate into their natural environments with an emphasis on natural light. The projects will follow the design ethos of the Stavros Niarchos Foundational Cultural Center by RPBW, completed in 2016.

© Marilena Katsini Preliminary architectural design for the new General Hospital of Komotini . Image © Marilena Katsini © Marilena Katsini © Marilena Katsini + 9

Manuel Herz to Design Curvilinear Expansion of Rural Senegal Hospital

14:00 - 4 June, 2018
Manuel Herz to Design Curvilinear Expansion of Rural Senegal Hospital, Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects
Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects

Manuel Herz has been chosen to design the expansion of the Tambacounda Hospital in rural Senegal, conceived and funded by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and American Friends of Le Korsa.

The extension is viewed as an urgent project to address overcrowding in the vital facility, with the demands of 20,000 annual patients resulting in hot, overcrowded communal spaces, and children sharing beds in wards. The Foundation described Manuel Herz as the “unanimous choice” with an approach showing “a mix of visual flair, practical understanding, and profound humanitarianism.”

Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects + 4

Feilden Clegg Bradley Granted Approval on St Mary’s Hospital Project in London

16:40 - 10 October, 2017
Feilden Clegg Bradley Granted Approval on St Mary’s Hospital Project in London, © FCB Studios
© FCB Studios

The Westminster City Council has granted planning permission for the New Outpatients Building at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the 8-story building will consolidate outpatient services currently spread across 40 different locations into one comprehensive care center, increasing comfortability and ease-of-use for both patients and employees.

© FCB Studios © FCB Studios © FCB Studios © FCB Studios + 6

7 Projects Announced as Winners of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards

14:00 - 24 July, 2017
7 Projects Announced as Winners of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, Harvey Pediatric Clinic; Rogers, Arkansas / Marlon Blackwell Architects. Image © Timothy Hursley
Harvey Pediatric Clinic; Rogers, Arkansas / Marlon Blackwell Architects. Image © Timothy Hursley

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected seven recipients of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, given to the year’s best projects in healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects were selected for displaying “conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.”

The award is given in four categories: Category A: Built, Less than $25 million in construction cost; Category B: Built, More than $25 million in construction cost; Category C: Unbuilt, Must be commissioned for compensation by a client with the authority and intention to build (No projects were selected in this category this year); and Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt.

See all the winners below.

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on new Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania

12:00 - 5 May, 2017
Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on new Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has announced the groundbreaking of a new $1.5 billion hospital for the University of Pennsylvania’s West Philadelphia Penn Medicine campus. Working in a multi-firm collaboration called PennFirst (with healthcare design firm HDR, engineers BR+A and construction management teams from L.F. Driscoll and Balfour Beatty), the architects have designed a 16-story facility known as “The Pavilion” to house 500 private patient rooms, 47 operating rooms and a total of 1.5 million square feet of healthcare space.

Healing Through Design - HENN and C.F. Møller's Competition-Winning Hospital for RWTH Aachen

16:00 - 8 April, 2017
Healing Through Design - HENN and C.F. Møller's Competition-Winning Hospital for RWTH Aachen, The competition called for the expansion of an existing listed 1970's hospital. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects
The competition called for the expansion of an existing listed 1970's hospital. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects

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 building's submerged massing allows for rooftop green space. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects The building provides ample natural light despite being partially embedded in the landscape. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects A public entrance features considered views across green parkland. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects The building provides ample natural light despite being partially embedded in the landscape. Image Courtesy of HENN + C.F. Møller Architects + 10

These Images of Abandoned Insane Asylums Show Architecture That Was Designed to Heal

09:30 - 8 March, 2017
These Images of Abandoned Insane Asylums Show Architecture That Was Designed to Heal, Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde
Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde

With cracked paint, overgrown vines, rust, and decay, abandoned buildings have carved out a photographic genre that plays to our complex fascination with the perverse remnants of our past. While intellectual interest in ruins has been recorded for centuries, the popularity and controversy of contemporary "ruin porn" can be traced back to somewhere around 2009, when photographer James Griffioen’s feral houses series sparked a conversation about the potential harm in the aesthetic appropriation of urban collapse.

A favorite subject within this field is the American insane asylum, whose tragic remains carry echoes of the unsavory history of mental illness treatment in the United States. These state-funded asylums were intensely overcrowded and often housed patients in nightmarish conditions in the 20th century. Beginning in 1955, with the introduction of the antipsychotic drug Thorazine, these institutions were closed in large numbers, never to be reopened [1]. Now, these closed but un-demolished asylums that dot the country are the subject of "ruin porn" that neglects an equally important piece of the buildings’ narrative: the beginning. In his recent photobook Abandoned Asylums, Photographer Matt Van der Velde depicts this earlier period of asylum architecture, when the institutions were built in the belief that the built environment has the power to cure.

Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde + 61

General Hospital of Niger / CADI

20:00 - 30 October, 2016
© Liu Chen
© Liu Chen

© Liu Chen © Liu Chen © Liu Chen © Liu Chen + 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Niamey, Niger
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Liu Chen, Xing Bing
  • Architecture Team

    Liu Chen, Xing Bing, Zhu Hailong, Huang Weiwei, Ai Yuewei
  • Area

    34000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

7 Projects Announced as Winners of AIA National Healthcare Design Awards

16:50 - 25 July, 2016
7 Projects Announced as Winners of AIA National Healthcare Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected seven recipients of the 2016 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, given to the year’s best projects in healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects were selected for displaying “conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.”

The award is given in four categories: Category A: Built, Less than $25 million in construction cost; Category B: Built, More than $25 million in construction cost; Category C: Unbuilt, Must be commissioned for compensation by a client with the authority and intention to build (No projects were selected in this category this year); and Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt.

Read on for the list of winners.

This Video of an Abandoned Insane Asylum Will Mess with Your Mind

08:00 - 28 May, 2015

Enter the unique realm of the "beautifully disturbing" with Project Senium, a new short film exploring the aging interiors of an abandoned mental hospital. Named for the Latin word for 'decay', the atmospheric film documents the asylum in breathtaking depth and detail, elevating material often dubbed "ruin porn" to a level of cinematic beauty.

Verstas Architects Win Competition to Expand Lapland Central Hospital in Finland

15:22 - 6 May, 2015
Verstas Architects Win Competition to Expand Lapland Central Hospital in Finland, Courtesy of Verstas Architects
Courtesy of Verstas Architects

Finnish firm Verstas Architects has been awarded first place in a competition for the expansion of Finland's Lapland central hospital for their design of a functional complex of "healing architecture." Responding to the challenge of Finland's aging population and changes in municipal funding, the winning proposal reflects the "hospital of tomorrow," creating a flexible and functional space in conversation with its urban surrounds.

How Digital Design Review Enabled One of the Fastest US Hospital Builds

10:00 - 7 April, 2015
How Digital Design Review Enabled One of the Fastest US Hospital Builds , Courtesy of Bluebeam
Courtesy of Bluebeam

Designing and building an 831,000 square foot hospital in 30 months is no easy feat. In fact, the Denver Saint Joseph Hospital project, owned by SCL Health Systems, is actually one of the fastest hospital builds ever completed in the US. Innovative methods of design, construction and collaboration among project partners throughout all phases of the project — from planning to construction — were critical for the team to open the hospital doors on time.

“The document management was tough—a million square feet of anything is going to generate a lot of documentation,” said Dale Clingner, an associate with Davis Partnership Architects, who partnered with H+L Architecture and ZGF Architects on the project, which was built by Mortenson Construction. To avoid the type of document management confusion that could slow progress, all project partners established a tacitly agreed-upon BIM execution plan and decided to incorporate digital design review in live collaborative sessions to successfully meet the condensed timeline on or under budget.

C.F. Møller Wins Vendsyssel Hospital Competition

01:00 - 10 May, 2014
C.F. Møller Wins Vendsyssel Hospital Competition, Hospital Entrance. Image © C.F. Møller
Hospital Entrance. Image © C.F. Møller

Danish firm C.F. Møller has won first place in a competition to design an extension and renovation of Vendsyssel Hospital in Hjørring, Denmark. This winning proposal will add 14,000 square meters to the existing structure, incorporating a new treatment center, a ward for mothers and children, and a rooftop children’s playground. The new facilities are arranged around large courtyards, and make use of large windows to display the path of travel through the hospital. This helps make navigating through the large building as easy as possible.

SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects Win the Royal Adelaide Hospital Competition

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects Win the Royal Adelaide Hospital Competition, SLASH. Image Courtesy of ODASA
SLASH. Image Courtesy of ODASA

Slash with Phillips/Pilkington Architects have been announced as the winners of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site International Design Competition, which was open to registered architects and landscape architects from around the world. The competition centred around redesigning the current hospital site, which will be vacated in 2016, in order to create an iconic place within the Greater Riverbank Precinct of Adelaide. See the winning and shortlisted proposals after the break.

Ysalazam. Image Courtesy of ODASA Nice Architects. Image Courtesy of ODASA Oculus FKA. Image Courtesy of ODASA Zuzana and Nicholas. Image Courtesy of ODASA + 36