WAN Future Projects Healthcare Award 2015

Nick Myall
Wednesday 10 Feb 2016

Six shortlisted projects highlighting the best in Future Healthcare

The WAN Future Projects Healthcare Award champions ‘design only’ projects and champions creations and concepts that have pushed Healthcare design forward and proven a holistic and effective approach.

A number of factors were considered: functionality; originality; innovation; form; sustainability; context. The shortlisted projects were then appraised to see whether their design was likely to: overcome key challenges in the client brief, and/or, has pushed the boundaries for a future healthcare building. 

This year’s respected jury panel were: John Hicks, Director, Global Health at AECOM, Jason Towers,  Project Designer at Perkins+Will, Jonathan Leah, Principal at Woods Bagot, Susanne Dam Hoffman, Head of Healthcare Dept at CF Moller, John Seely, Associate Vice President, RTKL

All the judges felt the longlisted projects showed a great variety in scale and variation across different building types for this category. They also agreed that the selected six shortlisted and one winning project were fantastic examples of what is possible in healthcare design. They are listed below in no particular order. 

Stony Brook MART Building and New Bed and Support TowerStony Brook in the United States by AECOM and Pelli Clarke Pelli

Designed as a user-centric and research-focused facility, Stony Brook Medical Center’s new 43,200 sq m Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building and New Beds Support Tower in Long Island, USA demonstrates research and patient-centred design by fully integrating cancer research and clinical practice.

Jonathan began by saying: “This is a well-developed and detailed proposal. The L shaped arrangement brings together two very different facilities with a strong focus on the quality of the interior environments and the need for future flexibility.”

The project will be a LEED for Healthcare Silver facility. This is achieved through the use of low-e materials; an indoor air quality plan; a site plan that connects to pedestrian ways and public transportation; stormwater design; recycling construction waste; and the rigorous application of sustainable materials.

Jason also commented: “An innovative lean cancer outpatient ‘patient centred’ design module, keeping services close to the patient and reducing amount of travel the patient has to make during visits.

However Jason went on to say: “Lack of daylight and views on the patient floor for staff support core is disappointing.”

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, La Jolla in the United States by CannonDesign

This is a masterplan for an existing medical campus including a new 10 storey building for Jacobs Medical Centre, USA. The plan arrangement maximises views out to the Pacific Ocean and scenery of La Jolla. The interior has been designed for parents and families spending weeks or months at the Hospital prompting a 'home to hotel' style experience. A 245-bed addition at UC San Diego Health System's, Jacobs Medical Center is designed as three hospitals in one: a cancer hospital, a hospital for advanced surgery, and a hospital for women and infants. The project adds 108 medical/surgical cancer beds, 36 ICU beds, 14 new operating rooms, an intraoperative neuro suite with IMRI and ICT, and a 52-bed PACU.

Jason was impressed with the innovative planning from the macro, intra-operative suite design, to micro, patient headwall prototyping design. He commented: “The project displays great infusion of evidence-based design research, practical functionality, and construction methodology.

“There is also a great use of daylight which acts as a wayfinding element throughout the building. Nice use of form, tying back into the existing campus’ architectural language.”

However Jason felt it would be good to see more diagrams to articulate expansion strategy and connections to existing departments. Circulation diagrams would be helpful.

Another special feature is the Birth Center, an in-hospital unit dedicated to natural childbirth that is the only one of its kind in California and one of only a few in the United States. It will provide family-centred maternity care in a comfortable, homelike setting.

Susanne added: “It’s a good solid project but without much functional development. The development of the bed wards and the innovative headwalls is a plus.”

New Maternity Hospital, Kuwait by Pace Kuwait        

A new 780 bed maternity hospital on an existing hospital site formed from three towers up to 11 storeys high on six storey podium. The new hospital will provide facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of all obstetrics and gynaecology patients along with neonatal. With a total floor area of 351,000 sq m, the hospital will accommodate 780 beds and provide an environment complete with its own support facilities like the large Central Plant (8500 sq m floor area). 

Susanne commented: “This is a good project where functionality witnesses a good understanding of hospital design. It’s a plus that the flows are separated but a lot of functions are without daylight.” However she went on to say: “Architecturally, the project is not spectacular.”                                                             

Connecting facilities & bridges will weave the complex of buildings together, likewise, the hospital will be integrated with the wider Al-Sabah Medical Campus in terms of infrastructure provisions and utility connections.

John Hicks went on to say: “It is good to see local firms progressing the art of healthcare design. This project exploits the coastal location and resolves the challenges of the adjoining urban road while maintaining a good design concept. However there is a lack of quality around the detailing which could lead to a very bland outcome and a sense that better layout may have yielded a better design.”

Shanghai International Hospital, Shanghai, China HOK

A private 500-bed hospital spread over 83,824 sq m which has been designed to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing affluent population. The design is a response to the “silver tsunami” being experienced in China – the wave of a growing elderly population. Other considerations that influenced the design included the emerging complexity in the delivery of healthcare, as well as the rapid changes in healthcare technologies, models of care, and delivery standards.

Susanne thought that the project was: "Spectacular and unique.” She went on to say, “It has all the best of evidence-based design - it is exciting, bright, green and blends into its surroundings but at the same time stand out in the good way. Very good functionality of the displayed ward and the text attached to show great understanding of hospital planning and design."

Jonathan was impressed saying that the project was highly innovative and he felt that it, “Fully integrates the site into a patient-centred approach focussed on the future of community healthcare. The dynamic forms and deeply layered skin of the upper levels play and important part in a holistic environmental strategy that minimises water use.”

New National Cancer Institute, Giza, Egypt by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

A new 900,000 sq m 13 storey teaching hospital including research, conferencing, hotel and student residential accommodation. The 14.5-hectare campus will enable the Institute to deliver its life-changing services to 1.7 million patients annually while training new generations of much needed care-givers and serving as an international nexus of cancer research, education and discourse.

John Seeley felt that this project clearly showed a strong planning strategy.  John commented: “The building layout uses a modular approach which allows for a variety of uses within the form as depicted in the diagrams shown. It clearly emphasises future flexibility as an important factor. The exterior development is well thought out and very poetic with its layering within the facade system.”

Located 28 kilometres west of central Cairo, the site resides within a mixed context of university buildings, low-rise residential and a shopping mall.

Commenting on the project Jonathan said: “A well-ordered and thought out diagram for a very large and highly complex campus that incorporates a number of different uses on a single site. The landscaped courtyards will provide important and welcome moments for the patient and visitor experience as they move around the buildings.”

Research & Development Building, Balgrist Campus, Zurich, Switzerland by Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

A 8674 sq m innovative facility for musculoskeletal research that is being developed at the Lengg campus, Zurich, Switzerland. The brief asked for a research environment offering office workplaces, wetlabs and drylabs with shared facilities for six professors, industry, patients and students with a clear focus on interdisciplinary research.

Jonathan said: “An elegant and innovative solution for what could have been a fairly ordinary building. Its transparency and openness creates a working environment highly condusive to multi-disciplinary research that avoids the traditional separation of the academic and student workplace.”

John Hicks went on to say: “The design of this healthcare research facility, allied to an adjoining hospital challenges the conventional to allow operability between research disciplines and does so in a refreshing way.”

Thank you to all involved in WAN Future Projects Healthcare Award 2015. 

The winner will be announced on 23 February 2016.


Nick Myall

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