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Next Generation Hospital

Location Bratislava, Slovakia
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competition design for a greenfield general hospital

Intro

At the end of 2013, the healthcare group Penta launched a competition for a new hospital in Bratislava: the "Next Generation Hospital". VK combined different building types into one balanced hybrid care concept. The site fits in with a new urban development and forms a buffer between the old and the new city. The design on a human scale elegantly winds its way through the undulating landscape.

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Client(s)
  • Penta Investments
Architects
  • VK
Stats
71600 m²

Story

Stacking different models ensures a rationalisation of work processes, shorter walking distances, a clear separation of flows, pathological clusters and a closed logistics loop.

At the end of 2013, the private healthcare group Penta organised a competition for a new general hospital in Bratislava: the “Next Generation Hospital”. VK came up with a sophisticated combination of building types (H-model, street model, terminal) in a single, balanced hybrid care concept. Stacking different models ensures a rationalisation of work processes, shorter walking distances, a clear separation of flows, pathological clusters and a closed logistics loop.

The site for the new hospital is a mere 10 km from the capital city, Bratislava, and is ideally connected to roads and public transport. Furthermore, it is adjacent to a new urban development, forming a buffer as it were between the old and new city. Far from being an intimidating sight, the elegant design meanders through the rolling landscape. VK has opted for an IFD building method here: industrial, flexible and demountable. The hospital activities are centrally located and the building permits outsourcing as well as expansion or intensification.

A logistics unit will be located on the parking level (-1), with all the public functions including ER and medical imaging on the ground floor. The academic floor will house all the medical interventions on +1, with operating rooms, a day clinic, medical imaging, the lab and pharmacy. The nursing stations will mainly be situated on +2 and +3. The vertical clustering of certain departments within a centre (e.g. the perinatal centre) ensures maximum bed flexibility, since visitor numbers here are usually extremely volatile.

The intelligent design results in plenty of daylight, attractive patios and exclusive roof terraces for certain VIP rooms as part of the healing environment strategy.

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