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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Project, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Monday 10 May 2010

Healthcare on a human scale

Henningson, Durham & Richardson International 
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HDR Inc's designs for major new healthcare campus in the U.A.E. 

The concept is based on the idea of deinstitutionalising the patient experience and reinventing traditional healthcare architecture. By situating the hospital, clinic, and administrative building around a large central plaza, the planning emulates an 'academic, village-like' setting. And in doing so, it stirs up a sense of welcome, warmth, and perhaps most importantly, a human scale.

The concept’s intent starts by blurring the lines between hospital and hospitality. Immense focus is placed on public gatherings paces for fostering interaction and to build a sense of community. Special emphasis is given to providing natural day-lighting for patients, staff and visitors.

The patient rooms are intentionally designed with large family areas and greater amenities to employ the family in the healing process. All patient rooms allow for 24/7 day access for families, thus creating additional comfortable waiting areas for spill over guests. There are six functional zones exist within each patient room these zones foster privacy and care support. These designated zones are: patient, family, caregiver, support, hygiene and technology. In addition, patient rooms are situated for maximum views to the sea.

The healing power of nature is brought to the interior to relax and comfort patients, staff and visitors. The interior materials are of the natural world, glistening onyx and warm, rich wood tones, soften and at the same time anchor the interior to the outside. The colour palette represents surrounding natural elements, the turquoise of the Gulf waters and the array of neutrals of the desert.

In addition to visible representation of nature, light-filled atriums are provided on every floor for public gathering and respite, providing spaces to feel and be nurtured by the warmth of the sun. Medical Planning placed emphasis on efficiency and privacy. The staff and materials flow approach was designed to create backstage areas for staff for greater efficiency and to reduce stress mitigating the impact and noise on patients.

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Status Concept design
Value 0(m€)
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Henningson, Durham & Richardson International (HDR Inc.)

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