ONG&ONG bring the outside in for new Singapore health complex
The inspirational concept of the new Heart Centre was drawn from the 'Placing People First' philosophy. It encompasses the needs of the various key users - the patient, the visitor and the staff. A distinctive feature is its two 'fronts - institutional and garden. The institutional front, the main approach for vehicles which houses the medical facilities, is quiet and formal. The garden front, at the other end, faces the garden deck serves primarily as the healing park and waiting area.
The first and second storey will allow direct passage by the public from the institutional front to the garden deck, to promote integrated access to other facilities within the Campus. The wavy facade depicts the celebration of the work and energy of the medical specialists and researchers, ceaselessly breaking through the frontier of medical science. It is a building with heart and soul, the personality of the occupiers.
The new building will adopt various green building features, technologies and innovations to achieve better performance in energy efficiency, water usage, use of recycled and reusable materials, indoor environmental quality and environmental management. Examples include the passive solar strategy for the institutional front, which reduces heat emission and direct glare and sunlight into the building while introducing diffused daylight condition and cutting overall energy consumption; and the use of environmental friendly building elements which are energy efficient in fabrication, self-cleansing and long-lasting. The use of sustainable construction defines a green benchmark for healthcare design in South-East Asia.
The 12-level building of 35,000 square metres is slated for completion in 2013.