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Seamless Care in a ‘Vertical Healing Garden’

Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
Jurong, Singapore

As the first regional hospital in Singapore built together with a community hospital, NTFGH’s design promotes seamless integration of care.

Located in the heart of the Jurong Lakeside District, a planned commercial hub and leisure destination, NTFGH is the first “hospital within a city” designed in Singapore. Pairing NTFGH with Jurong Community Hospital is key to the government’s strategy of maintaining simple, affordable healthcare as the population ages.

Close management ensures integration at the hospitals’ infrastructure, administrative and clinical levels; the hospitals are designed to share service facilities such as digital imaging, pharmacy, catering, medical records, storage and training facilities.

Sustainable strategies create a facility that functions like a vertical healing garden. Based on the design team’s client mandate to give “every patient a window,” the design brings plants, gardens and daylight into each patient’s view. Controlled access to vegetation on terraces provides a therapeutic environment for healing. Oriented to reduce solar gain and capture prevailing breezes, the unique floor arrangement allows for double the amount of natural ventilation. The project also includes solar thermal hot water heating and a large photovoltaic array. It has been rated Platinum under Singapore’s Green Mark program.

As design and medical planning consultant, HOK collaborated with the Singapore Ministry of Health and a team that included CPG Corporation (prime architect and architect of record) and Studio 505 (design collaborator focusing on building envelope development).

The project won an Honor Award for Architecture from the AIA’s Hong Kong Chapter.


Green Mark Platinum


1.75 million sq. ft. / 162,900 sq. m.


Campus Planning
Facility Programming
Interior Design
Medical Planning
Urban Planning


AIA Hong Kong – Honor Award in Architecture

FuturArc Journal – Green Leadership Award, Award of Merit


Number of acute care beds at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital


Number of beds at Jurong Community Hospital


Reduction in energy use compared to typical inpatient hospitals


Hot water heating provided by solar thermal

100 kWp

Photovoltaic array



19 October 2016
“Ng Teng Fong General Hospital Award”
AIA Hong Kong Chapter

12 October 2015
“Completion of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Singapore Celebrated”
Korea IT Times

17 February 2014
“Naturally Ventilated Ng Teng Fong General Hospital”