Building the Future of Health

June 3 10:00-11:00

The Architecture of Hospitals

Strategies for the Ultimate Children's Hospitals

The range of medical facilities targeting either the most common diseases, or specializing on specific cases, covers the entire spectrum and, in principle, the entire community irrespective of their demographic characteristics. Typically, their patients include children. Even so, facilities focusing solely on children boast a long and rich history. Although some diseases are typical for childhood, the medical apparatus to deal with them is not what sets children's hospitals apart: what makes them special is the way they interact with the living experiences of children. Children, ranging in age from babies to young adolescents, require an environment that takes into account their need for play and in some cases for education. In addition, children’s hospitals have to accommodate the parents and other family members, which adds another layer of complexity. Which strategies have recently been developed to design the ultimate children's hospital? In this session: Haga Hospital in The Hague (The Netherlands) by MVSA Architects, Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne (Australia) by Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart Architects and the Children’s Hearth clinic in Innsbruck (Austria) by Nickl-Weller Partner.

The new Haga Hospital

MVSA architects will highlight the steps and challenges taken within the design process and explain the concept and implementation of the design for the new Haga Hospital, which includes the building and interior of the Juliana Children’s Hospital and the Mother & Child Centre Operation Complex.

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