HOK Design for Shanghai International Hospital Wins WAN Future Projects Healthcare Award
The WAN Future Projects Awards celebrate vision and progressive thinking and honor concepts that advance their specific typology.
HOK designed the Shanghai International Hospital, WAN’s winning healthcare entry, as a private 893,000-sq.-ft, 500-bed hospital serving the needs of the Chinese city’s rapidly growing affluent population.
The design makes allowances for current and future challenges facing the regional healthcare system, most importantly the “silver tsunami”—the forecasted wave of a growing elderly population. Other considerations influencing the design include the emerging complexity in the delivery of healthcare, as well as the rapid changes in healthcare technologies, models of care and delivery standards.
HOK’s plan creates a clear separation of zones of activities, with departments and functions located based on access point proximity, flow and wayfinding. The outpatient lobby, core and outpatient functions are adjacent to the primary outpatient entry to the south. Similarly, inpatient functions are located near inpatient cores and are accessible from the main entry to the east. The contiguous arrangement of the clinics provides optimum flexibility to house specialty centers, individual medical suites or a combination.
All patient rooms and most staff spaces provide access to outside views, operable windows and landscaped terraces.
The design team used biophilic strategies and regenerative principles to improve patient health outcomes while conserving energy. The building’s position on the site and massing were informed by a rigorous solar analysis that optimizes access to daylight and wind.
The gentle curves of the building massing circumvent sharp corners, allowing for the natural flow of space, air and light. HOK’s design combines advanced practices for lighting, daylighting, HVAC and water treatment systems that use significantly less energy while performing at or above current health standards, with a target of at least 50 percent energy reduction compared to similar facilities.
“The building harmonizes well with the site and its use of green roofs and gardens enhances the overall user experience,” said juror John Seely, associate vice president at RTKL. “Overall, I feel this project stands above the rest with regards to sustainability. It clearly depicts its 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 utilizes the site well and takes advantage of the landscape.”
“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,” said juror Jason Towers, project designer at Perkins+Will. “It’s great that the project is proposing to be a healing element within the community, aspiring NET positive status.”