User-centric design and environmental consciousness demonstrate the facility's resolve towards providing better healthcare
The very heart of Singapore beats green, thanks to the new design for the National Heart Centre conceived by ONG&ONG Pte Ltd with medical planning and interior consultant Broadway Malyan. The ambitious 35,299 sq-m building scores high green marks by placing people first. Recognising that the medical world advances quickly, the design incorporates modular building methods to ensure that the building's structure is adaptable internally and externally, which easily allows for future growth. This flexibility in layout and function was key in the design competition's brief.
Visitors arrive via a convivial and naturally-lit concourse, leading into a large reception area, including information and quarantine zones, retail and F&B space. From here, the respective departments and upper levels of the hospital are easilly accessible. The operational layout of the building minimises travel distances for patients and staff. The lower floors contain facilities for day surgery, operating theatres, clinics, laboratories, radiology, and retail centres, while levels seven to ten are reserved for non-patient areas. This includes medical records, research laboratories, staff training, and administrative offices.
To promote social connectivity, various healthcare-related and social functions will be arranged like collegiates, held in open spaces similar to medicinal courtyard gardens of the Middle Ages. These internal and external open spaces are designed to expedite healing, with ample provision of natural light, ventilation and scenic views. The plant also act as a carbon sponge, noxious pollutant filter and heat reducer – an important feature in a city that crams over 4 million people into a 265-sq- mile area. Utilising modern methods of modularisation to facilitate and ease the speed of construction, completion is expected in 2012.