Geometric Design: Children’s Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Geometric Design: Children’s Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron won a competition to design a children’s hospital and a teaching/research center in Zurich, Switzerland.

The design for the Children’s hospital envisions two complementary buildings that are geometrically related.

Childrens Hospital in Zurich-by Herzog and de Meuron2

The three-storey hospital building will be constructed using locally milled timber and will accommodate a series of round and rectangular plant-filled courtyards for patients and their guests. The building overlay will create “ideal” geometries that will result in spatial variety and orientation.

Wood is the predominant material of the facades and interiors, creating a more domestic atmosphere for children, their parents and hospital staff. The use of wood also echoes the rural surroundings of the Lengg district.

The project is planned for completion in 2018.

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Project Teams and Credits:

Project Team Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger (Partner in Charge)
Project Team: Mark Bähr (Project Manager), Jason Frantzen (Associate)
Alexandria Algard, Alexander Franz, Ondrej Janku, Christoph Jantos, Johannes Kohnle, Blanca Bravo Reyes, Raúl Torres Martin, Mika Zacharias

Client: Kinderspital Zürich – Eleonorenstiftung, Zurich
Competition: 1st Phase: March – May 2011 2nd Phase: October – February 2012:
Total floor area: 84.579 sqm
Structural engineering: ZPF Ingenieure AG, Basel
Landscaping: August Künzel, Münchenstein
General planning: Gruner AG, Basel

Visualisations are by Bloomimages.

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De Zeen Magazine

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