Extension of RWTH Aachen University Hospital
Universitätsklinikum Aachen AöR
35000 m², 50 intensive care beds
1st prize in architectural competition. 2017
Wetzel & von Seht (TWP)
Klett Ingenieur GmbH (TA)
Hospitaltechnik Planungsgesellschaft MbH (Medizintechnik)
C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with HENN
Neumann Gusenburger Landschaftsarchitekten
- 1st prize in architectural competition. 2017
To minimize the visual impact on the existing listed building, large parts of the design is below ground level. The expansion is therefore covered with a lush green parkland open to both the public and staff, the parkland will be the first thing you will meet arriving at the hospital. The low-slung building volume rises towards the public entrance in a sweeping and generous gesture, which creates an inviting, bright and warm-toned entrance that enables a completely intuitive wayfinding for patients and relatives, guided by views to the green parkland.
The patient-oriented facilities are all located along the facade, allowing direct access to both extensive daylight and the surrounding green areas. Daylight and easy access to nature have a positive effect on the patient's course of disease and are therefore important prerequisites for creating a healing architecture. In the middle of the building, as a breakdown in the flexible and efficient layout, there are custom designed employee hubs that offer the best conditions for collaboration and cohesion between all employees.