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A Hospital for the Future in Shanghai

Shanghai International Hospital Design Competition
Shanghai, China

The design of this private hospital, which will serve the healthcare needs of Shanghai’s rapidly growing affluent population, accommodates complex healthcare delivery models and emerging technologies.

The design made allowances for current and future challenges facing the regional healthcare system, most importantly the “silver tsunami”—the forecasted wave of a growing elderly population. 

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.

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.

Textured natural materials and smooth finished surfaces form the exterior materials palette. The patient towers and central core are clad in glass and light-colored metal panels, while the building podium is enveloped by a hillside. In the central public atrium, warm limestone flooring, glass panels and wood screens help create a peaceful, healing environment.

All patient rooms and most staff spaces provide access to outside views, operable windows and landscaped terraces.


893,000 sq. ft. / 83,000 sq. m.


Interior Design
Master Planning
Medical Planning
Sustainable Design


European Healthcare Design Awards – Future Healthcare Design Award

World Architecture News – Future Projects Healthcare Award

25 February 2016
“HOK Design for Shanghai International Hospital Wins WAN Future Projects Healthcare Award”
HOK News