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Great Hope Children’s Healthcare Complex, Guadalajara, Mexico

Thursday 09 Sep 2010

Down the garden path

Great Hope Children’s Healthcare Complex by RACO in Guadalajara, Mexico
Great Hope Children’s Healthcare Complex by RACO in Guadalajara, Mexico Great Hope Children’s Healthcare Complex by RACO in Guadalajara, Mexico Great Hope Children’s Healthcare Complex by RACO in Guadalajara, Mexico Great Hope Children’s Healthcare Complex by RACO in Guadalajara, Mexico
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I agree about the landscaping with trees (evergreen and flowering) which could mitigate the starkness of the built form . Trees would also indicate change and growth which sick children would identify with positively
15/09/10 Michael, Sarasota
I know that "less is more" does not resonate with many of you these days but the buildings draw your attention to the trees and heighten the effect of the trees in a way that a less minimalist design could never accomplish. More vegetation and more variety of vegetation would also diminish the almost magical presence that the trees have in this design. Do not underestimate a child's imagination and ability to expand into the quiet spaces.
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14/09/10 Joseph Galea, Malta
Nice design but its minimalistic aesthetic may be a little stark considering its uses as a hospital for children.
14/09/10 B, Athens
This is an interesting design, but not for a children's hospital. Cold, space-age, corporate...all characteristics of an executive office building, not a place to make sick kids feel better.
14/09/10 Bruce Howard, Miami, Fl.
Well designed Architecture, badly in need of a good Landscape Architect. Grass is not energy efficient and requires the most irrigation. Agree with comments about roof gardens. Large plazas against bldgs. have no shade. If they want large plazas for gatherings, events or seating, large shade trees or groups of palms for shade are a must. Don't know what curtain walls are made of, but they also should be shaded on east, south and west sides. It appears that the Architects want their bldgs. displayed in their entirety without considering any of the environmental issues.
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14/09/10 WillG, Washington, DC
While it is a beautiful design, it sure misses the opportunity to have green roofs. Guadalajara's air quality is poor, and green roofs would help reduce the fine particulate air pollution. Allow the climate is fairly dry, it is also hot. Green roofs help reduce the cooling costs of structures by about 10-25%. Finally, green roofs add a positive aesthetic, especially to a structured dedicated to the healing of children.

A great example of a green roof design for a hospital can be found at The two hospitals, 65,000 m2 each, designed by Architects Barbera (Spain) and Murtinho Raby Arquitectos (Chile), each had to serve not just the medical needs of the residents, but also fit suitably in the environment.
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RACO gives hope to ill children in Mexico with new series of hospital buildings 

Design firm RACO have released renderings of a new children’s hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico, estimated for completion in January 2012. The concept integrates a wide perspective of treatments in their own exclusive buildings, linked by a simple green network of gardens and pathways.

The first stage of construction will focus on a central main building which will be dedicated to Paediatric Oncology and will initially house elements of therapy, Accident and Emergency, laboratories (such as cytogenetic and general investigation labs) and the Blood Bank. This 7,500 sq m building will spread over two floors – the first acting as the general hospital, the second as a base for administrative services and investigation.

Over time, additional buildings will be constructed onsite, including centres for handicapped children and those suffering from burns, temporary shelter facilities and a base for prosthetic technologies. Each building will constitute a core of three levels with an area of 3,200 sq m.

Commenting on their segmented design for the Great Hope Children’s Healthcare Complex, RACO explains: “The initial dynamic of creating distinct geometries for each Healthcare building emerges through the dialogue of the volume on each architectural programme that relates and integrates the whole as a sum of related segments that influence each other in a common form.”

Sian Disson
News Editor

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