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CURAÇAO MEDICAL CENTER


DESIGN PRINCIPLES client Ballast Nedam Nieuwegein architect OZ Curaçao EGM architects Dordrecht engineering consultants Valstar Simonis Eindhoven gross floor area approx. 40.000 m2 design 2012

One of the strong areas of focus of our firm is context based design. In our conviction it is not so much about what we want as architects or urban planners but what the place asks or requires to become a stronger part of the whole. This basic philosophy guides our work when making urban plans but also when designing a piece of furniture. Very often as an architect you have little influence on the list of requirements and also the location where a project or intervention is being realized. Basically these two ingredients are a given, and to you the humble task to match these. In the case of a hospital, and definitely in this assignment with a very strong list of requirements prepared by USONA the rough

outlines of the shape and logistic organization within this shape are nearly a given. We were obliged to work with proven technology, not only for materials and installations but also for the logistic organization of the design. Thus our task was much more how to fit this design in its surroundings than creating a shape in which the list of requirements could fit. We have often used the analogy with the engine of a car, this is engineered to perform in particular way notwithstanding the design of the car in which it is placed. In our opinion our assignment is to fit the “engine” in the best way possible in its surroundings.

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EGM architects, our counterpart, gave us the basic building blocks for the design. They could prove that these blocks, placed in a certain relation to each other, worked very well in a hospital they designed which had a similar list of requirements. This was a strong prerequisite of USONA. The building blocks consist of a long block, the so called “hot floor” with all the high level medical functions (as the operating room and the intensive care) and two U-shaped blocks with the wards. In between these blocks a common space (the atrium) was needed, where the none medical functions could be realized such as the restaurant, the little store, the quite room, but also the patient registration.

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- Design is based on “Trias Energetica” - Optimising maintenance costs - Taking local circumstances into account (materials and climate) - Cooling by wind - Solar boilers - Minimize sunlight by shading - Good airtightness of the facade in relation to limiting moisture penetration - For “deep” cooling in relation to water balance twin coil in the air conditioning unit provided for warming up supply air by heat exchange with return air - Energy-saving lighting - Energy-saving cooling machines

Efficient use of remaining fossil energy

TRIAS ENERGETICA


GROUND FLOOR

Admissions ward Psychiatric and Penitentiary ward Radiology department Emergency Room department ER fast track Ambulance service Blood collection laboratory Radiotherapy Dialysis department Admissions ward

Plaster casting department

Psychiatric and Penitentiary ward

Pressure tank

Radiology department

Outpatient Pharmacy

Emergency Room department

Mortuary and autopsy room

ER fast track

Office for administ

Ambulance service

Meeting center

Blood collection laboratory

Logistic functions and central area

Radiotherapy

Central kitchen

Dialysis department

Medical electronics services

Admissions ward

Plaster casting department

MER and SER rooms

Psychiatric and Penitentiary ward

Pressure tank

Staff restaurant

Radiology department

Outpatient Pharmacy

Staff dressing room

Emergency Room department

Mortuary and autopsy room

On call service and family rooms

ER fast track

Office for administ

Entrances and central hall

Ambulance service

Meeting center

Visitor's restaurant

Blood collection laboratory

Logistic functions and central area

Corridor / staircase / elevator

Radiotherapy

Central kitchen

Technical facility

Dialysis department

Medical electronics services

Plaster casting department

MER and SER rooms

Pressure tank

Staff restaurant

Outpatient Pharmacy

Staff dressing room

ration and management

ration and management


3RD FLOOR

General Nursing Wards General nursing and day care ward Delivery ward Maternity and obstetrics ward Children's ward NICU Intensive and Medium Care Treatment department Operation Room complex General Nursing Wards

Physiotherapy

General nursing and day care ward

Central Sterile Supply department

Delivery ward

Care providers office

Maternity and obstetrics ward

Bed service point

Children's ward

Corridor / staircase / elevator

NICU

Technical facility

Intensive and Medium Care Treatment department Operation Room complex Physiotherapy Central Sterile Supply department Care providers office

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