Turning the building upside down
The most important objective for the new oncology unit was to help patients facing the trauma of cancer treatment by creating a calm and pleasant environment. To protect from radiation exposure, radiotherapy rooms are generally located in isolation and below ground level. The design team turned this model upside down. Placing the equipment above ground necessitated a re-examination of layout, construction techniques and material choices, which included testing new formulas on concrete to ensure radiation absorption.