Network of Systems
The hospital is conceived as a nested network of systems and building components that support them. While these systems are interdependent and tightly integrated, the building parts are expressed as separate volumes, clearly articulated and differentiated, clearly revealing the organization of programs and circulation.
Two patient towers float above a shared diagnostic and treatment podium. Unifying this array of building volumes is the ubiquitous presence of nature. The hospital is planted in the topography of the site, facing Xianguling Park and the surrounding mountains. Nature is further embedded into the superstructure through gardens, courtyards, roof terraces, light monitors and generous windows that provide abundant natural light and frame views of the natural setting surrounding the building.
The Family Nest, a metaphor for the window in each patient room, is the key building block of the façade, mitigating the enormous difference in scale between the hospital and the individual patient and family. The Family Nest is repeated in each patient room with slightly different frames calibrated to optimize solar performance and natural ventilation, while providing comfortable space for family members.
In association with Hunan Architectural Design Institute.