The Martini Hospital in Groningen, the Netherlands offers flexibility as it ages.
Flexibility is currently one of the most important factors in an ever mutating healthcare environment where rapid developments in medical technology make it difficult to predict the future.
With the design for the Martini Hospital the new building is positioned next to another that is already halfway through it's 40 year lifespan with the expectation that it will not be invested in for the next 20 years. This replacement can then happen through a new building.
It is possible that this site could become a top location in Groningen which could yield enough money that it would be more advantageous to build new in a more accessible place in Groningen. It is possible to make the new building adaptable for more functions for example, to situate offices there or even the possibility to accommodate approximately 250 housing units. For this reason Dutch based Burger Grunstra chose a uniform building block which, in a general sense, complies with the demands of safety, natural daylight, structure, services and floor planning. Also extensions can be randomly hung on the facade to gain extra floor area so that larger departments can be accommodated. The only fixed elements are the services shafts which always remain in the middle of the block. All floor layouts are based on an efficient 300mm grid. The elevations have also been designed to allow for flexible wall positions. Windows and mullions have been positioned to line up with this 300mm grid.