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US firm HDR selected to design new campus for China's Zhejiang University

US firm HDR and local Chinese partner, the Zhejiang Province Institute of Architectural Design & Research have been named design architect for a new medical campus for China's Zhejiang University after winning an extensive international design competition.

The campus – located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province – includes the new 1,200-bed Zhejiang University School of Medicine First Affiliated Hospital Yuhang and the new Zhejiang University Medical Research Center. Combined, the projects total more than five million sq ft of healthcare and research space.

HDR’s winning design concept brings the research, hospital, administration, housing and support facilities together on one campus. The facilities integrate translational medicine, nature, public spaces and function, and reflect modern healthcare design that pays tribute to the university’s collection of historic buildings. “The design of the campus deviates from the typical approach to healthcare design and creates a very collegiate atmosphere,” said Brian Kowalchuk, HDR’s global director of Design.

“Whereas most hospital sites are designed to usher people into a building, the buildings on the new Zhejiang campus are designed around a large central green space filled with places to connect, learn, collaborate, relax and heal, including a café, amphitheatre, and exhibition areas. It’s a campus in the truest sense,” he added.

The architecture of the buildings reflects two styles: the bottom four stories are brick to complement the century-old nearby campus buildings, and the above floors are white, very rectangular structures expressive of contemporary architecture. The medical planning component of the project focuses on integrated spaces for translational collaboration and multidisciplinary care, clinical speciality clusters for an enhanced patient experience and outcomes, and efficient and flexible shared infrastructure to easily adapt to future needs.

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