The southernmost city of the Eurasian mainland, Johor Bahru is a thriving tropical hub which is home to 900,000 residents in the city centre and approximately 2million in the metropolitan area. A key economic centre within Malaysia, the city is soon to be home to a new luxury healthcare development as plans by international practice Nightingale Associates, and locally based firms Healthcare Technical Services and M&R Architects are soon to be presented to the Malaysian Ministry of Health.
Healthcare services continue to develop in terms of technical capacity, innovative design features and commercial services rendered to the final users, and this concept is no different. Two levels of retail facilities including a double-height supermarket will provide leisure outlets and amenity provisions to both patients and visitors and will act as one of three entrances to the main Centres of Excellence.
The entire complex has been modelled on the concept of ‘the healing hand’, providing the facility with a ‘distinctive, separate identity’ within a ‘dramatic, symbolic and highly efficient [design] in terms of clinical functionality’. In a literal sense, the ‘palm’ of this healing hand encompasses the central atrium and ‘hot core’ elements of the healthcare facility, including the central imaging, endoscopy, pharmacy, theatres, intensive care unit, emergency, restaurant and teaching facilities.
Projecting outwards from the glazed atrium of this central base are five ‘fingers’ with gently convex end facades and rippled roof systems which encompass the six Centres of Excellence: oncology; cardiology; orthopaedics; general and elderly medicine; cosmetic and reconstructive; and women and children. With 400 beds throughout the new hospital complex (which will be completed in two phases beginning mid 2012) the KPJ International Specialist Hospital will cater to the needs of both domestic and international patients, offering high quality healthcare services in a luxurious setting.