The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board NPHDB, set the intention of creating one of the finest children’s hospitals in the world. The result is the largest, most complex and significant capital investment healthcare project undertaken in Ireland.
Healthcare Design that Supports the Work of Clinicians and Creates a Welcoming Environment
Once complete in 2022, the new 541,339 sq.ft children’s hospital and associated Children’s Research and Innovation Center will be heralded as a world-class facility for children and young people from all over Ireland, who have complicated and serious illnesses and are in need of specialist and complex care.
At the heart of this competition-winning concept is an oval ward pavilion, set within one of Europe’s largest roof gardens, that gives the hospital an instantly recognizable and friendly identity.
The introduction of the ‘floating garden’ halfway up the building literally elevates the importance of nature and the therapeutic environment, making it a central part of the architecture’s character, quite unlike any other hospital of this size.
The oval’s form alludes to the architecture of Dublin’s best-known civic spaces and buildings, most notably its Georgian squares as well as the nearby Royal Hospital at Kilmainham (Ireland’s oldest hospital, now the Museum of Modern Art), with which the oval is axially aligned. Once the new hospital is complete, there will be open views from the floating garden and the wards towards Kilmainham and Phoenix Park beyond, creating a strong landscape and architectural axis that will ‘ground’ the new building in its context.
Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped develop modern design for healthcare organizations locally, regionally and internationally. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff
“National Children’s Hospital.” National Children’s Hospital of Ireland, Dublin, BDP., 2020, www.bdp.com/en/projects/m-o/new-childrens-hospital-dublin/.