VK Group translate a complex program in a groundbreaking, clear structure
Breaking away from the traditional hospital layout, the organic design for this children’s hospital for the Vietnamese Ministry of Health is centered around a flower-like concept. The hospital has 1,000 beds and a total GFA of 104,000 sq m. The holistic approach, fully integrating architecture and engineering, creates a healing environment that not only deals with the body, but also with the mind and soul of young patients. The collaboration of architecture firms VK, 2050 A+P and Nhat My translated a complex program into a clear structure and increased the operational efficiency of the overall hospital.
The flower-like hospital wards project a strong identity and enhances the buildings overall directional readability. The oval floor plan and voids containing the internal circulation reduces walking distances and maximises surveillance. Floating above the landscape, the wards are connected to the medical services on the ground floor via 3 vertical circulation shafts, which clearly separate the logistic, public and inpatient flows. The medical services are organised around an internal plaza with a capacity for 6,000 patients per day.
The hospital is to be built near a busy freeway; therefore, a bamboo field will be used to buffer noise and pollution. A waste collection and treatment site will also be integrated on this spot. The organic slope underneath the hospital wards, functions both as a buffer for the rest of the area and as a roof for the medical services. It protects the medical block from direct sunlight, while providing daylight through sunken patios and additional green space.
The hospital will be part of a master plan with other healthcare facilities planned for the future. A public plaza will enhance the public function of the hospital and connect the hospital with the future expansion area. Finally, as a healing environment needs a healthy building, the design incorporates sustainable measures, such as natural ventilation, night cooling, solar shading and the use of solar energy.