Fuwai Huazhong Hospital
The hospital is intended to serve as a national cardiovascular center of excellence for the entire nation. As such, the hospital is designed to function as a small city, placing various specialties into concentrated neighborhoods of care. By breaking the complex down into neighborhoods, the individual departments become a more accessible and intimate scale for the patients and staff. The circulation path is open, light-filled, and provides continuous views to nature as individuals navigate between the hospital neighborhoods.
Sustainable strategies include building orientation to minimize the harsh east and west solar exposure. Solar controlled sunshades are designed to protect the south façade of the Inpatient Tower and Outpatient Clinics while providing filtered daylight. Natural daylight is a key feature of the hospital design. Narrow footprints throughout the diagnostic and treatment areas allow for daylight to permeate through every room in the hospital. Visual connections from inpatient and outpatient zones to the surrounding lake and nearby river as well as views of rooftop gardens and central garden courtyard create a sense of openness. The building’s form reinforces this openness as it expands to the city beyond like two arms reaching out to the community.