Sint-Maarten General Hospital

Location Mechelen, Belgium
Timeline 2007 - 2019

new construction general hospital

Intro

The new Sint-Maarten General Hospital has merged 3 campuses into a single compact and functional building. Located in a green setting, the hospital was designed on a human scale and exudes simplicity and peacefulness. Functional plans, flow models and relationship diagrams were refined in close collaboration with the client with the objective of creating a place where all users feel at home.

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Client(s)
  • Emmaüs
Architects
  • VK
Awards
  • 2019 IFMA Facility Awards
Stats
723 beds
114000 m²

Story

The design shows a human scale hospital that radiates simplicity and serenity - a solid building with a unique blind that functions as a fragile skin, which highlights the vulnerability of the site.

The Sint Maarten Hospital wishes to combine 3 campuses in a new construction project, for which it organised an architectural design competition. Winner VK based their preliminary design sketch on the detailed flow diagram and a design plan of the hospital. In close cooperation with the client, functional floor plans, flow models and relational diagrams were refined into a design with a clear care vision: both outpatient and inpatient care, and chronic and acute patients are separated; hospitalisation departments are grouped per care floor and vertically connected to the medical technical services in the base. A central backbone, which collects the vertical and horizontal circulation, forms the axis to which all services are attached. Spacious patios provide all rooms with daylight, creating transparency and making the campus ‘legible'.

The hospital is in a landscaped grid, which has a structuring effect. The compact building functions as an object in a park and foregrounds the landscape that forms the background of each perspective and view. The design shows a human scale hospital that radiates simplicity and serenity - a solid building with a unique blind that functions as a fragile skin, which highlights the vulnerability of the site.

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