Medicinal purpose

Eiad Shaban
Thursday 28 Apr 2011

PACE Kuwait designs new 600-bed cancer treatment facility in Kuwait City

The Kuwait Cancer Centre is a newly proposed state of the art medical facility located in Al Sabah Medical District, Kuwait City. This iconic landmark has been initiated by the Kuwait Ministry of Health as part of its National Healthcare Development Plan. The 200,000 sq m centre shall accommodate 600 beds, catering to cancer diagnosis and treatment; making it one of the largest cancer treatment centres in the world. The fluidic articulation of the overall design addresses three key challenges: the scale of the facility, the space program requirements and the incorporation of the building into its surrounding urban fabric.

Divided into three unique structures above a unifying podium, the centre’s dynamic movement allows for the play of light and shadow, solidity and transparency, core architectural features in traditional Kuwaiti architecture. To enhance patient rehabilitation, the buildings distinctive form and transparent fenestration at ward levels provide patients with spectacular views of Kuwait City’s skyline and Kuwait Bay. The central podium contains the educational and administrative faculties, while the east and west towers facilitate the main cancer centre faculties.

The unique public atrium mall is nestled between the towers creating a dynamic central architectural feature. Multi-level sky-bridges allow staff and patient circulation between the towers. At ground level visitors stroll amid landscaped tranquil spaces, supporting cafes, health and retail stores. The landscaped north and south plazas weaves through the buildings central atrium in the form of an internal street, connecting the exterior with the interior, horizontal elements with the vertical. External planted green zones demarcate the weaving pathway and plazas, resulting in the creation of outdoor spaces that can be used as therapeutic, restorative and rehabilitative areas.

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