Plans for largest surgical clinic in German district revealed
The surgical clinic at the University Clinic in Ulm is the next step in a wider plan for an extensive new campus university. The new clinic will have over 315 beds, 15 operating rooms and a usable area of approximately 30,000 sq m. The surgical centre will thus be the largest clinic project in the state of Baden Württemberg.
The site, located on the upper reaches of Eselberg, one of the foothills of the Swabian alps, is surrounded by extensive woods and green areas and extends from the park beside the clinic to the important landscape feature of the dolina area to the east of the library. The design consists of two main structures: a base, which connects with the surrounding landscape and becomes an element of the topography; and a hovering building strip, which allows the space to flow. Finger-like building elements are created via courtyards cut into the base, making the step in the site visible and meshing with the dolina zone. The spatial elements intermingle in the building to bring an array of atmospheres within the building.
With a floor area of 68,467 sq m, the University Clinic in Ulm will house 235 intensive care beds and 80 outpatient beds. Renowned German architects, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten are the firm behind the University Clinic project, having won first prize in a competition of 25 invited entries. The project is dated for completion in January 2012.