China’s Guilin Medical School Affiliated Hospital has chosen US-based HDR to design a new expansion to accommodate clinical care, teaching and research programmes, which are currently provided in the co-located medical school and hospital campus.
The design concept of the project, Garden in Garden, is inspired by the natural landscape and culture of Guilin, which is situated on the west bank of Li river in southeast China.
Guilin is famous for osmanthus trees that produce a sweet fragrance throughout the area.
The new facility will provide information, education and inspiration through healing gardens, therapeutic landscapes and other landscape architecture to benefit body and soul.
Due to lack of room on the campus for expansion, the 1,400-bed, two million ft² facility will be built across the river from the campus.
The new facility will be designed to meet international standards of care, and will provide a new healing environment for many of the hospital’s advanced specialties, as well as general practice.
HDR global director of health Hank Adams said: “The new Guilin Medical School Affiliate Hospital is a tremendous opportunity for our team to impact healthcare in the People’s Republic of China.
“Guilin’s population is growing and the surrounding area is one of China’s top international tourist destinations. This new hospital will establish a new standard of patient access and quality of care for the Guangxi Province.”
The form and exterior design of the building will be inspired by Guilin’s natural landscape as well. Osmanthus patterns throughout the facility will create a healing environment, and several courtyards, roof gardens and light wells will improve the patient and staff experience.
HDR international design principal Sangmin Lee said: “The new hospital is designed as a new futuristic model that promotes medical and wellness tourism in harmony with nature.
“Here, a holistic health journey blends eastern and western medicine to define a new path toward total health.”