Hospital Design Competition in Shanghai, China, for a Confidential Client 109
The design of this private hospital, which will
In the central public atrium, warm limestone
Efﬁcient water systems signiﬁcantly
serve the healthcare needs of Shanghai’s
ﬂooring, glass panels and wood screens help
reduce the building’s overall water demand.
rapidly growing afﬂ uent population,
create a peaceful, healing environment. All
Rainwater harvesting and on-site graywater
accommodates complex healthcare delivery
patient rooms and most staff spaces provide
and blackwater treatment generate water for
models and emerging technologies.
access to outside views, operable windows
use in cooling towers, power generation,
and landscaped terraces.
laundry and irrigation. An on-site water treatment facility will enable the hospital to
Inspired by the beauty and performance of nature, the design combines the efﬁciencies
Guided by regenerative principles, the
return at least as much water back to the
and rigor of biology with the soothing,
design achieves net positive energy and
municipal water system as it uses for its
restorative qualities of natural forms.
water targets through sustainable and
potable water demand.
biophilic strategies that also promote A solar analysis informed the site plan and
health and wellness.
shape of the buildings to optimize access to daylight and wind. The gentle curves of the
Advanced lighting, daylighting, heating,
massing reduce sharp corners and allow for
cooling and ventilation strategies will
the easy ﬂow of space, air and light.
reduce energy use by at least 50 percent compared to similar facilities. The hospital’s
Textured natural materials and smooth
remaining energy needs will be provided
ﬁnished surfaces form the exterior materials
by a combination of building-integrated
palette. The patient towers and central core
photovoltaic systems and on-site
are clad in glass and light-colored metal
cogeneration via biomass or biogas.
panels, while the building podium is enveloped by a hillside.
◄ view from entry
2015 design annual
893,000 sq. ft. / 83,000 sq. m.