Designing with empathy
A redesign of the patient rooms in the new unit was a top priority. There is a universal need for integrity and a level of privacy for both patients and their family. Currently, mothers often have to share rooms with other mothers and their babies, causing psychological distress. As such, the new patient wards have been planned as small units of 8-16 patients, with patient rooms containing one or two beds. The units vary in size, allowing relatives to support patients during their stay.
The new hospital is designed to be easily navigable, prioritising daylight, privacy and views out to nature to support the healing process. Each unit has private access to green courtyards for rehabilitation, recreation and social activities. Buildings are reached from a large entrance square via internal pathways. The design consists of two distinct components: a one-storey intensive care block housing a labour ward and neonatal unit, and a series of seven two-storey modular pavilions containing post-natal patient rooms and outpatient functions.