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Urban planning and architectural concept: The overarching guiding concept of the building is based on a horizontal two- or three-part division of the building – base, dissolved connecting or hybrid floor (which can be assigned to the base) as well as lightweight maintenance areas in wooden construction. The design of the base of the building follows the course of the slope, it recedes into the background in terms of design and embeds itself in the natural topography. Level 3 forms a transparent joint between the base and the wings of the care areas. The function as a mediating floor coincides with the function as the main access level of the hospital. Large, well-connected areas and short distances ensure efficient processes and great flexibility in order to be able to react to future developments. The wings of the care areas float above the base and collar over it in a cantilevered manner. The wings are designed in such a way that the view from the patient rooms into the landscape is optimised. Functional and efficient personnel zones and short distances to the stations ensure optimal operating procedures. The shape of the wings provides great flexibility between the wards, as they have different sizes and many patient rooms. The cross-shaped structure of the CRONA Clinic is incorporated, transferred to the new building and adapted. The main road connects the NMK with the CRONA Clinic and the West Ward House and connects construction phase 1 with construction phase 2 as well as with the outer main road of the entire campus. Opposite the public elevators is a spacious atrium with an open staircase that invitingly and sculpturally connects all levels on foot. The design encourages the use of the staircase and at the same time forms an important point of orientation for patients and visitors. At the bend point of the main road on the main access level 3, it leads into a large open waiting area with café, lounge and play area for children.
The entire building concept is fundamentally based on a resource-saving and CO2-reduced construction method. The basement floors are largely buried or touched by earth and are built in reinforced concrete construction. In this area, all functions with increased requirements for column freedom, flexibility, vibrations, etc. are accommodated. The three upper floors, in which mainly the individual care areas are accommodated, are realized entirely in wooden construction. The volumetric formulation of the care areas guarantees all patients a high daylight input as well as a great view over Tübingen and the Swabian Alb.