WAN Future Projects Healthcare Award 2015

Nick Myall
Thursday 18 Feb 2016

HOK are awarded as the winners for their Shanghai International Hospital project

It is with great pleasure that we champion HOK as the winners of the WAN Future Projects Healthcare Award 2015 for their impressive Shanghai International Hospital project - Congratulations! 

The winner was selected from six shortlisted projects which were chosen by our esteemed jury panel: 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 at RTKL 

The judges felt that the shortlisted projects highlighted the range of possibilities within Future Projects Healthcare design, highlighting fantastic examples of what’s possible in this category. They were all in agreement that there was one clear winner on the day. 

This private 83,824 sq m, 500-bed hospital was designed to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing affluent population. The design required allowances for current and future challenges facing the regional healthcare system, most importantly the “silver tsunami” which is the forecasted wave of a growing elderly population.

Sustainability was also extremely important resulting in an exterior that has a clever design combining functional sustainable elements with aesthetics.  This result is highly impressive.  

John Seeley was particularly impressed, saying: “The building harmonises well with the site and its use of green roofs and gardens enhances the overall user experience. Overall, I feel this project stands above the rest with regards to sustainability. It clearly depicts it sustainable strategies with regard to exterior, site and infrastructure. The building mass and form itself is well thought out and achieves a highly sophisticated solution. The interior and exterior work well together and reflect a holistic design strategy. This project also utilises the site well and takes advantage of the landscape.”  

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.

Commenting on the winning project Jason said: "The undulating landscape form and building envelope provide a great healing connection to nature, inside and out, not only from patient, staff and visitor aspects, but from a sustainability aspect as well. It’s great that the project is proposing to be a healing element within the community, aspiring NET positive status.”

This project has been designed with the environment in mind and regenerative principles at its core, serving the dual purpose of improving health outcomes and saving energy. The building’s siting and massing were informed by a rigorous solar analysis that ultimately optimises access to daylight and wind.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank not only the jury, but all who entered their projects into this year's WAN Future Projects Healthcare Award.

Nick Myall

News Editor

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