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NEWS, DATA, ANALYSIS AND STRATEGIC INSIGHTS FOR ARCHITECTS IN THE GCC

JULY 2013 / VOLUME 07 / ISSUE 07 An ITP Business Publication


5-STAR
HOSPITALS
INTERVIEW
SOM architects
reveal the
inspiration
behind Sheikh
Khalifa Medical
City /p24
PROFILE
AMR METWALLY SHARES
HIS EXPERIENCE AS A
HOSPITAL ARCHITECT
SITE ANALYSIS
HOW DOES RELIGION
INFLUENCE A
HOSPITALS DESIGN?
FEATURE
FIVE PROJECTS SET
TO TRANSFORM THE
MEDICAL INDUSTRY
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FRONT
Top stories in the world of
architecture, including plans
for Dubais new design district
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PROJECTS
A round up of the latest
project news from MENA
and the rest of the world
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THE BIG PICTURE
A view of Abu Dhabis
Sowwah Square development
on Al Maryah Island
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INTERVIEW
SOM architects on the design
inspiration behind Sheikh
Khalifa Medical City
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SITE ANALYSIS
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CULTURE
A snapshot of funky furni-
ture, books and other acces-
sories in the market
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CASE STUDIES
NORR Architects residential
tower in Abu Dhabis Rawdhat
residential development
complex
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Discovering Jeddahs
International Medical Centre
THE WORK
A detailed reference section
covering all the best projects
in the world
PEOPLE
Key regional appointments,
famous architect news and
top quotes
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LAST WORD
Randy Edwards, HDR, on
designing medical spaces
FEATURE
Five healthcare projects in
the region that will transform
the medical industry
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London-based Kamvari Architects,
who were selected to produce outline
proposals for the neighbourhood of
the Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos in
Muscats city centre, unveiled their
plan which merges the citys tradi-
tional history with modern design.
The 35,000 m
2
site currently
features religious buildings, of ces,
restaurants and shops.
The architects were inspired by
traditional souks, especially the
Muttrah Souk in Muscat, once the
centre of commerce in Oman, when
developing the design. Project direc-
tor Omid Kamvari said: Our starting
point was an investigation into the
development of Oman as a country,
specically relating to pre-oil and
post-oil urban changes.
The plan intends to produce a
diverse prole of design on site and at
the same time integrating a mosque
into a vibrant atmosphere providing
a foreground for cultural, traditional,
social, and commercial enterprises.
The scheme features around 120
Masterplan de-
sign for Muscat
city centre.
residential units above retail space
on the ground and rst oors. The
northern half of the site features of-
ces, with a restaurant pavilion on the
eastern side. Kamvari Architects has
also proposed a community centre
and a small library.
We were very keen on developing
a scheme which considered a longer-
term approach, not simply providing
space to be occupied but space that
would give back to the community
and continue to do so for a number of
years, Kamvari said.
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TOP STORY
Healthcare
projects in the
GCC
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MUSCAT CITY CENTRE
TO REFLECT LOCAL DESIGN
London-based Kamvari Architects selected to produce outline proposals
35,OOO m
2
TOTAL AREA OF SITE
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Dubai has announced plans to create
a new district in the city to develop its
fashion, design and luxury sectors.
The Dubai Design District will be
located close to the Business Bay area
of Dubai.
The district is expected to become
a full service commercial hub for de-
sign industry-related organisations,
brands, and supporting enterprises
within the value chain, a statement
run by news agency WAM said.
It will feature a custom-built
creative community that will encom-
pass purpose-built commercial and
retail facilities for established and
emerging designers, design institutes,
Plans for new design
district announced
Design for Dubai Creek to inc-
lude lagoons and green blvds
Emaar Properties has announced
that it is in the nal stages of negotia-
tions with Dubai Holding to develop
a new 6.5 million m
2
urban district
near Dubai Creek at Ras Al Khor.
The buildings will be designed
around a series of lagoons and green
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Dubai creek harbour.
waterfront promenade, convention
centre and event venues and related
academic institutions.
The district will be operated by
TECOM Investments, a member of
Dubai Holding.
boulevards, the company said in a
statement to the Dubai Financial
Market. The project, known as Dubai
Creek Harbour, will contain a new
central business district, residential
units and a mix of cultural, com-
mercial, technology, educational,
healthcare, sporting, shopping and
entertainment attractions.
Dubai Creek Harbour will be
developed as a joint venture between
Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding
an investment company in which
Dubai ruler HH Sheikh Moham-
med Bin Rashid al Maktoum owns a
majority stake.
Artists impression of design district
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In Pictures: 15 strangest building
proposals in recent years
Design proposals for New Yorks new
Penn station
Portuguese architect Didier Faustino of Mesar-
chitecture proposes a polygonal residence in the
small mountain town of Cretas near Tarragona
of Spain, with cantilevered volumes.
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The Pritzker Prize jury has rejected a
petition for architect Denise Scott Brown
to retroactively receive recognition for the
award that her husband and partner, Robert
Venturi, won in 1991.
Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize,
Lord Palumbo, responded in a letter to the
Harvard students who started the online
petition, saying that the jurys organization
structure prevents it from making retroac-
tive awards. Pritzker juries, over time, are
made up of diferent individuals, each of
whom does his or her best to nd the most
highly qualied candidate. A later jury can-
not re-open, or second guess the work of an
earlier jury, he wrote.
The letter adds that Scott Brown is not
disqualied from receiving the prize in
future: Ms. Scott Brown has a long and
distinguished career of architectural ac-
complishment. It will be up to present and
future juries to determine who receives
future awards.
PEOPLE
No Pritzker award
for Scott Brown
Gil Hanse to design
Dubai golf course
The UAE is
geographically more
important than either
London or Moscow. If
you are here you can
work across North
Africa, Western Europe,
Russia and out to the
east.
NICHOLAS THOMPSON,
CEO, Aukett Fitzroy
Robinson
You have got to
live here to experience
it, to sweat it, and
really understand the
value of shade and the
scarcity of water.
STEVEN NILLES,
partner in charge
of Goettsch
Partners Abu
Dhabi of ce
Denise Scott Brown not given recognition.
You never know
what is going to
land on your desk
tomorrow. Thats the
fascination about
working here in the
Gulf.
SANDRA WOODALL,
design director
Tangram Architects
& Designers
Hanse to design Trump golf course.
Gil Hanse, designer of the 2016 Olympic
Games golf course in Brazil, will design
the Trump International golf course, to be
located in the AKOYA by DAMAC master
development in Dubai.
Hanse, a world-renowned golf course ar-
chitect, will also be re-designing the famed
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral,
Miami, the current home of the World Golf
Championships Cadillac Championship,
an of cial PGA Tour event.
We have always aspired to design cours-
es around the globe and Dubai is one of the
most sought after golng destinations in the
world, said Hanse. It is an honour to team
up with Mr. Trump again and we are look-
ing forward to bringing forth our expertise
to develop a strategic, fun and interesting
course, which will t into its surroundings,
while being accessible for all.
The 7,205-yard, par 71, 18-hole Champi-
onship course is expected to be completed
by the end of 2013.
ever know
going to
your desk
w. Thats the
on about
here in the
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IRAQ
AMBS Architects design
public library in Iraq
British- Iraqi company, AMBS
Architects, has revealed the designs
for the rst public library to be built
in Iraq since the 1970s. Its double-
curvature roof structure will create
the worlds biggest single-span
reading room. Part of the design
includes the inscription of a message
on the librarys roof so that when it
is viewed from above it will display
the word read written in the Arabic
Kuc script.
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MENA PROJECT SNAPSHOT
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DUBAI
Dubais Innity Tower
renamed Cayan Tower
Cayan Investment and Develop-
ment announced that its award-
winning Dh1 billion residential
tower project will have its name
changed from Innity Tower to
Cayan Tower. I like to describe
it as my baby, said president and
chairman of the board of Cayan
Group, Ahmed Al Hatti. He added
that the decision to rename was
to avoid comparisons with similar
named towers around the world.
2
DUBAI
GAJ behind Emaars
latest The Hills project
UAE-based Godwin Austen
Johnson architects (GAJ) were the
concept and schematic architects
behind Emaars latest project The
Hills. The project, envisaged as part
of Emirates Living, the master-
planned communities by Emaar,
will boast views of Emirates Golf
Club and a focus on a greener life-
style. The development will feature
two residential buildings, a hotel
and serviced apartments.
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AL AIN
Broadway Malyans Al Ain
stadium nears completion
The enveloping structure of the
25,000-seat Hassa Bin Zayed Sta-
dium in Al Ain has been topped out,
and is expected to open in Decem-
ber. When complete, the stadium
will be the main attraction on the 1.5
million square feet mixed-use devel-
opment, which includes hospitality,
commercial and residential space.
The scheme has been master-
planned by Broadway Malyan and is
being built by BAM International.
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DUBAI
Local developer to build
5-star hotel on St.Kitts
island
Dubai-based real estate developer,
Range Developments, has started
construction of Park Hyatt St. Kitts,
a luxury hotel within the residential
resort community of Christophe
Harbour on the island of St. Kitts.
The luxury 5-star hotel will be built
in contemporary style architecture
with colonial inspirations and will
feature 165 rooms. The project is
slated for completion by 2015.
4
DUBAI
London-based rm to
design Dubai Sustainable
City phase 2
Baharash Architecture has won the
bid to design phase 2 of Diamond
Developers Dubai Sustainable City
- a 46 hectare, 500 villa eco-devel-
opment slated for construction at the
junction of Al Qudra and Emirates
Roads in Dubai. The project involves
building a mixed-use zone for oc-
cupants of the100 energy ef cient,
solar-powered villas and townhouses
that should be complete by 2014.
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CANADA
Canadas second tallest
tower of cially opens
The Bow, a 237m tower designed
by Foster + Partners has recently
opened, making it the tallest
building in Calgary and the tallest
in Canada outside Torontos CN
Tower. Anchored by a public base
of retail units and restaurants, the
tower curves inwards, facing south
to exploit the strong daylight, while
maximising the perimeter for
cellular of ces with views of the sur-
rounding Rocky Mountains.
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USA
432 Park Avenue set to
become tallest building in
the West
432 Park Avenue, a 96-storey devel-
opment designed by Rafael Vinoly, is
set to become the tallest residential
building in the western hemisphere,
and the second tallest building in New
York City, after One World Trade
Centre. The 1,396 feet development,
with an estimated cost of US$1 billion,
will be built in the heart of Manhat-
tan overlooking Central Park and the
dense fabric of New York City.
3
INDIA
French-inspired building
proposed for Indian
suburb
Gurgaon 71, a residential project
proposal by Maison Edouard
Francois to be located in the Delhi
suburb of Gurgaon, aims to repre-
sent French-style luxury living while
incorporating Indian traditions. Sit-
uated away from bustling New Delhi,
the towers will have rooms oriented
according to the principles of vastu,
an ancient doctrine on how the laws
of nature afect human dwellings.
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THE BIG PICTURE
ALL IN ONE
Photographed by Efraim Evidor,
this image captures the Sowwah
Square project on Al Maryah
Island in Abu Dhabi, which consists
of commercial towers, hotels, a
retail complex and the Abu Dhabi
Securities Exchange.
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FEATURE | HEALTHCARE
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While many cities in the Middle East prepare to transform the region into a medical hub, several large-
scale healthcare projects are taking shape around the region. However, unlike medical complexes of the
past, these new projects promise state-of-the-art facilities with design concepts from world-renowned
architects. In this feature, MEA shows you ve healthcare projects in the Middle East that have incorporated
the best of architecture, design and medical facilities to provide hospital services in a hotel-like setting.
5-STAR
HOSPITALS
FEATURE | HEALTHCARE
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Project #1:
SHEIKH KHALIFA MEDICAL CITY
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP(SOM)
in a joint venture with ICME and Tilke
Client: Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA)
Project Status: Tender
Size of Facility: 300,000m
2
Number of beds: 850
DESIGN DETAILS: Envisioned as a city within a city,
the design endeavours to create a new paradigm for a
medical centre, one that is more like a bustling campus,
with vibrant public spaces and a sense of community.
According to SOM, the design of the medical city is based
on the belief that patients are guests and everything
about the facility supports that notion of hospitality.The
design allows for the exible integration of next genera-
tion medical technologies, while the incorporation of
amenities, such as trees and hanging gardens coupled
with restaurants and retail, provides tranquillity, relief
and a sense of normalcy for patients and their families.
850
TOTAL NUMBER
OF BEDS
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Project #2:
AL MAFRAQ HOSPITAL
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Architect: Burt Hill/Stantec
Client: Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA)
Project Status: Expected completion mid 2014
Number of beds: 529, expandable to 739
Size of Facility: 246,118m
2
DESIGN DETAILS: The new hospital complex is distin-
guished by four prominent patient towers and striking
contemporary architecture indicative of the state-of-the
art medical facilities housed inside. The outpatient en-
trance is graced with generous landscaping and sustain-
able natural environments. Visitors are greeted by an
inviting and refreshing water feature. The high ceiling in
the main lobby and spacious reception area welcome the
outpatient to the 145 clinics and supporting services. The
building design was developed in accordance with inter-
national practices for sustainable design and includes
features such as natural day lighting, a VAV system to
reduce volume of air supply and fan energy, and use of
indigenous plants.
2014
EXPECTED DATE OF
COMPLETION
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Project #3:
KUWAIT CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
Kuwait
Architect: AGI Architects
Client: Ministry of Health Kuwait +Private donors
Project status: On Hold
Number of beds: 600
Size of Facility: 40,000m
2
DESIGN DETAILS: The proposed design for the Kuwait
Childrens Hospital (KCH) seeks to position the medical
facility as a landmark in Kuwait by integrating local tradi-
tions and cultures within a mid-rise building. According to
the architects, the building expresses a powerful sign in the
skyline and establishes a strong sense of place, history, and
future for the children of Kuwait. Designed like a fortress,
the hospitals exterior seeks to ofer protection from the
harsh climate, while the soft and colourful interior acts as
an oasis tailored to the childrens use. A retail podium that
accommodates banks, restaurants, shops and a hotel
fulls the basic urban needs and provides services not
only to the hospital users but to the whole neighbourhood
as well. This is part of the clients plan to integrate KCH
into the existing commericial, residential and social
fabric so as to become an urban anchor in the area.
600
NUMBER OF BEDS
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Project #4:
KING FAISAL MEDICAL CITY
Abha, Saudi Arabia
Architect: Henningson, Durham and Richardson
International (HDR)
Client: Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
Project Status: Phase 1 completion - October
2015
Number of beds: 1, 350
Size of Facility: 262,836 m
2
DESIGN DETAILS: The architecture and design of the
entire campus is based on Islamic geometry, and speci-
cally, on the eight-sided star derived from a square; a mo-
tif from the Abha region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
It is designed to de-institutionalize healthcare through
patient and family-centric healthcare delivery and the in-
tegration of the built and natural environment. The form
of the hospital derives from the natural environment, with
the building nestled in a wadi (valley) with solid-stone
sides protecting a waha (oasis) containing public areas,
and a jebel (mountain) above a patient tower with all
private rooms. The city is envisioned as a one-stop desti-
nation for coordinated comprehensive care for the entire
southern region of the Kingdom.
1,350
TOTAL NUMBER
OF BEDS
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Project #5:
SHEIKH KHALIFA SPECIALIST HOSPITAL
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Architect: Perkins Eastmanand Bayaty Architects
Client: RAK Government
Project Status: Completed
Number of beds: 248 beds, expandable to 400
Size of facility: 65,032 m
2
65,032
m
2
SIZE OF FACILITY
DESIGN DETAILS: The design team looked to the
surrounding natural environment for inspiration and
sought building forms and materials that would form
a meaningful connection to the siterich with natural
amenities including dramatic red sand dunes and lush
desert foliage. The undulating desert sand and groves of
drought-resistant plants required careful consideration
from both an ecological and sustainable standpoint. The
exterior features a combination of stone, glass, and metal
while the interiors maintain the desert palette with the
addition of bright colours. A welcoming environment
that is functional and ef cient without compromising
aesthetics was the ultimate objective. Overall, the design
is modern, exible, and sensitively integrated within the
natural environment.
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COMMENT | EDITORS LETTER
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EDITORS LETTER
MEANS AND
ENDS
What should healthcare projects look like?
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his months healthcare
feature made me come
face to face with topics I
often discussed in jour-
nalism school - ethics and balance.
Despite the regions tendency
towards grand buildings and one-
of-a-kind structures, the thought of
a million dollar hospital, complete
with beautiful landscaped gardens,
captivating designs and creative
architecture seemed too excessive
and unnecessary.
Arent hospitals supposed to
modestly serve humanity, not pan-
der to our insatiable need for luxury
and opulence?
I found myself on numerous
occasions questioning if the mega
hospital projects featured in this
issue (Pg 12) ought to be regarded in
the same light as the other architec-
tural marvels the region has given
birth to, or if healthcare facilities
demanded a separate yardstick of
measurement. As the weeks passed,
I had the chance to speak with sev-
eral architects behind some of these
magnicent projects, I realised that
most architects were driven by the
sheer conviction of designing health-
care complexes that are holistic,
well-rounded and fully integrated.
They were considering the needs
of various groups of people that
are closely linked to the hospital.
More than just seeing to the needs
of patients, the architects (Pg 24)
aspired to create spaces that were
comfortable for visitors, doctors,
nurses, administrative staf and
cleaners, and they now had the
means to do so.
Also, as the interview with
architect Amr Metwally (Pg 30)
revealed, designing hospitals is in
itself a noble task. In Metwallys
words, designing hospitals is a lot
more rewarding because you see
the direct impact a hospital has on
peoples lives.
I began to gather from the
interviews that although these new
hospital projects looked amazing,
they were not being done in vain or
in pursuit of setting a world record.
There was a real sense of service
behind these designs; the ve-star
look and hotel-like features were
more of means to an end, than an
end in itself.
Upon realising that service and
luxury need not be opposite sides
of a coin, as long as there was a
clear purpose connecting the two,
I was in a much better position to
appreciate and admire the grand
medical complexes sprouting up in
the region, and hope the interviews
and features in this issue, will do
the same for you too!
There was a real sense of service behind these designs;
the ve-star look and hotel-like features were more of
means to an end, than an end in itself.
Entrance to the royal suite at
Al Mafraq Hospital
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Quality design embraces the patient experience from
the point of entry into the healthcare system to the
point of exit.
OPINION
QUALITY
DESIGN
Why is good design important in healthcare?
Brian Lacey
Regional
Technical
Director
Healthcare,
Hyder
Consulting
Middle East Ltd
Q
uality design leads to
improved outcomes:
this is a factual
assertion, and not
merely rhetorical bluf. Evidence-
based design is now an essential
component of healthcare planning
and delivery.
There are many factors which
contribute to excellent design in-
cluding medical planning, expertise
of the doctors and support staf,
colours, textures, inclusion of fami-
lies, natural daylight, temperature,
humidity, air quality, models of care
- and so on. Each factor may only
have a small incremental impact on
the overall design outcome, but nev-
ertheless each remains important
as part of a greater whole.
In recent years there has been
much greater awareness of, and
therefore emphasis on, the Healing
or Wellness environment. Clinical
trials have demonstrated that the
human bodys capacity to heal is
afected by its the environment.
Climatically extreme environments,
like deserts, greatly inhibit the natu-
ral healing process - as do environ-
ments that are claustrophobic or
overly spacious.
Good design requires an efec-
tive controlled environment, not
simply with regard to temperature,
humidity and air quality but also
on issues such as daylight access,
landscaping and water features.
Quality design embraces the patient
experience from the point of entry
into the healthcare system to the
point of exit, incorporating sensi-
tive subjects such as ease of pay and
recovery programmes.
Interestingly, one of the most
signicant shifts in healthcare provi-
sion in recent times is the move to
less clinical and more welcoming
environments, more in keeping with
the hotel and leisure sector than
conventional healthcare. Some fa-
cilities today are more akin to 5-star
hotels than old-style hospitals.
This is particularly prevalent within
countries in the region.
The design objective is essentially
to reduce stress and place the body
in a comfortable state, meeting
its physical, physiological and
emotional needs. This is particu-
larly important where patients are
already traumatized and/or anxious,
a common consequence in people
who are unwell.
Creating healing environments
therefore forms a key aspect of
healthcare design work, funda-
mental to the efective treatment
and wellbeing of both patient and
worker alike.
Kuwait Childrens Hospital,
designed to be an oasis for
children.
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COMMENT | LIGHTING
22
The challenge in designing the healthcare spaces lies in
their versatility, as every area has its own functionality and
usage demands.
OPINION
HEALTH
& LIGHT
How does lighting make a diference to healthcare?
Tommy Govn
Head of
Lighting
Technology
& Research,
Fagerhult
T
he modern healthcare
environment must cater
for a multitude of needs.
Research has shown
that light plays a signicant role in
the work and wellbeing of health-
care professionals, not to mention
patient recoveries. The circadian
rhythm, a biological process which
regulates the alteration between
sleep and wakefulness, is primar-
ily controlled by light. The human
circadian rhythm is approximately
24 hours, and to keep this rhythm
undisturbed, it is important that the
balance between light and darkness
is carefully maintained.
The challenge in designing the
healthcare spaces lies in their
versatility, as every area has its own
functionality and usage demands.
In the modern hospital ward, for in-
stance, ambience can have a direct
efect on patient recovery times.
The aim is to create a comfort-
able, relaxing environment giving
control of the immediate surround-
ings to the patient. When it comes
to circulation areas, the task is to
provide a safe and comfortable
environment for all users. Light-
ing should be positioned of-centre
because it adds visual comfort and
reduces glare. In addition, it helps
to illuminate signage and direction-
al indicators, and provides shape
and denition to wider passageways
from a distance.
On the other hand, waiting areas
and entrance spaces are crucial in
forming a patients rst impres-
sion and lighting design ought to
take this into consideration. These
places should promote a bright, wel-
coming ambience by incorporating
diferent coloured lighting.
Besides providing an ef cient
and user-friendly environment,
smart lighting design can also have
a dramatic impact on the overall
energy usage of the building. For
example, the right choice of a more
ef cient luminaire will require fewer
installed points to achieve the same
levels of illumination.
Light is a powerful source of
energy in work, healing and life
in general. Thus, when designing
healthcare spaces architects should
consider all three criteria before
choosing lighting features - user
experience, infection control and
sustainability, to ensure a facilitys
optimum performance.
Fagerhult supplied lighting for
Manchester Joint Hospital
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F
rom the worlds tallest
tower, Burj Khalifa, to the
highly-acclaimed engineer-
ing marvel, Cayan Tower,
US-based architectural rm Skidmore
Owings and Merrill (SOM) has time
and again set precedents for innovative
design in the Middle East.
It came as no surprise then, that the
Abu Dhabi Health Services Company
(SEHA) commissioned SOM to design
a landmark healthcare project in Abu
Dhabi. Complete with a town centre,
5.5 acres of centrally located public
green space and 850 patient beds, the
project seeks to transform perceptions
about both the healthcare environment
and patient experience. This new facil-
ity is planned to rise on the site of the
existing Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
(SKMC), which will undergo a phased
demolition to make way for future
hospital-related facilities and mixed-
use development on the expansive
300,000m
2
plot.
But more than just another massive
medical complex, the vision for the
project is to build three hospitals under
one roof so that SKMC will come to be
a city within the city, explains Mustafa
Abadan, principal, SOM and design
partner for SKMC.
HOSPITAL
THERAPY
Zeinab Saiwalla speaks to SOM architects,
Mustafa Abadan and Scott Habjan, about the
inspiration behind Sheikh Khalifa Medical Citys
hospitality-driven facility
THE INTERVIEW
Scott Habjan, associate director, SOM Mustafa Abadan, principal, SOM
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The client
has very ambi-
tious goals and has
looked to us to create
something special and unique,
which is what we set out to do with
this project, adds Scott Habjan,
associate director, SOM and senior
designer for SKMC.
Tasked with this challenge, SOMs
architects chose to design the trio-
hospital complex, which consists of
a general hospital with a level-one
trauma centre, a womens hospital
and a pediatric hospital, with a keen
focus on hospitality.
The reason for this, as
Abadan explains, is due
to the fact that, the whole
notion of healthcare around the
world is beginning to change from
basically taking care of sick patients
when they have really gotten ill,
to being able to take care of them
before they get into the hospitalisa-
tion phase.
As such the idea behind these
plans is to make a hospital less insti-
tutional looking and more hospitable
because we know that a hotel envi-
ronment is generally more soothing
for people, says Abadan.
Practically, as Habjan explains,
there is a very concerted efort in
the design of the hospital to create
a separation between the front-of-
house and back-of-house operations.
The patient and visitor experience
are carefully controlled, to minimise
exposure to the more institutional
service components of the facility.
For example, both staf and
materials enter from very discreet lo-
cations and are vertically distributed
so that they go directly to their point
of operation, allowing for a sense of
tranquility and serenity to pervade
the hospitals public spaces.
Pediatrics lobby,
Sheikh Khalifa
Medical City.
The aesthetics of the hospital is all from a very modern-ish point of view,
but there are plenty of details and elements that connect it back to the
Middle East.
Mustafa Abadan, principal, SOM and design partner for SKMC
300,000 m
2
AREA OF MEDICAL
COMPLEX
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Pediatrics Lobby
Womens Lobby
General Lobby
Section drawings
to distinguish
SKMCs lobby
entrances (top),
hanging gardens
(middle) and
green spaces
To the degree that you have a
separation of the public face and the
operating face of the hospital, and
the more those things can be kept
independent of one another, the
more one can create a hospitality-
like environment for the patients,
elaborates Abadan.
Although there was considerable
efort to incorporate a hospital-
ity environment in SKMCs design,
Abadan notes that because SKMC is
a public hospital, the architects were
especially cognizant not to overdo
the hotel-like atmosphere. There
are certainly places where we have
worked elsewhere that have a higher
degree of the hospitality notion, but
here together with our client, we
were balancing the issue of both aes-
thetics and operations, as well as the
proper perception of this hospital,
Abadan says.
He continues: There is no being
ostentatious with SKMC. The hospital
is here to make people well and to
take care of them, and it is to give
them comfort and to give them an
environment, including outdoor
spaces that are healing, but certainly
not in any way superuous.
After consultation with SEHA and
the other design consultants, SOM
developed unique identities for each
of three hospitals while incorporat-
ing unifying elements to ensure that
the SKMC campus evoked a sense of
community. The womens wing, the
pediatric wing and the general hos-
pital all share a common DNA in an
architectural way but also maintain a
level of independence and distinc-
tion so that people who arrive at the
hospital have a sense of where they
are going, says Abadan.
For example, the exterior sun
screens, which characterise the bed
tower facades, vary from the simple
rhythm of the general hospital to
the playful colours and patterns in
the pediatric section, to the intricate
mashrabiya-inspired geometries of
the womens hospital.
850
EXPECTED NO. OF PATIENT
BEDS
INTERVIEW | HOSPITAL ARCHITECTS
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The aesthetics of the hospital is all
from a very modern-ish point of view,
but there are plenty of details and
elements that connect it back to the
Middle East. It is something we tried
to work into the design in a very bal-
anced and delicate way, Abadan says.
To unify these three distinct hospi-
tals, the architects considered several
organisational options that ranged
from an elongated spine scheme to
an organically cellular scheme. Ulti-
mately, the centralised scheme was
chosen since it allowed for an efec-
tive integration of public green spaces
throughout the site while establishing
a strong centre for the superblock.
The client has very ambitious goals and has looked to us to create
something special and unique, which is what we set out to do with
this project.
Scott Habjan, associate director, SOM and senior designer for SKMC
Envisioned
green spaces
throughout the
medical complex.
In addition, since the central-
ised organisation commands the
site from its interior lot location, it
provides a clear focus for the existing
medical buildings and adequately
informs future campus development.
The scheme organises the build-
ing into three major components:
a perimeter garden; a two-storey
plinth which houses shared medical
functions and public amenities; and
three distinct bed towers. Further-
more, a series of internal courtyards
and boulevards organise program
modules within the plinth and bring
light and nature into the large oor
plates, assisting in waynding.
It is also very much part of the
history of buildings here, which are
generally very low and organised
around these courtyards. There is a
lot of parallel between indigenous
architecture to the region and how
we integrated those elements to the
hospital plan, explains Abadan.
He continues: The ideas of sus-
tainability, in the sense of creating
an open environment for wellness,
are ideas we were exploring in a
variety of other places, but were able
to bring to a much greater level of
completion and focus here, given
that we were able to design a project
of this scale entirely from scratch.
5.5
ACRES
PUBLIC GREEN
SPACE
PROFILE | AMR METWALLY
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To me, designing hospitals is a lot more rewarding because you
see the direct impact a hospital has on peoples lives.
W
orld
renowned
architect,
Frank
Lloyd Wright once said: A
great architect is not made by
way of a brain nearly so much
as he is made by way of a culti-
vated, enriched heart.
Amr Metwally, head of ar-
chitecture division PM&C de-
partment at Hamad Medical
Corporation (HMC) in Doha,
Qatar, believes just that. After
having worked on over 20
healthcare projects, Metwally
confesses that there is no
place for ego in an architects
mind, only compassion and
respect for all those involved
and afected by the endeavor.
Architects like to think of
themselves as masters of the
work but it should not be the
case. Everyone in the project
is a master and we are all
working for the patient, he
says. In healthcare, you can
never say this is my building.
It is always our building.
It came as no surprise
then, when Metwally humbly
recounted all those involved
in the design and construction
of Hamad Medical Corpo-
rations PET CT Centre in
Doha, a project for which he
received the Best Hospital
Design Award (Built) at the
Hospital Build & Infrastruc-
ture show in Dubai.
For the concept we tried
to reect the diferent func-
tions of the building on the
elevation directly such as
glazing the windows where
required to cool and shade the
building, outlines Metwally.
He adds that Islamic pat-
terning was an important as-
pect of the design, a trend that
is implemented more heavily
in Doha than in Dubai. It is
kind of a basic thing you do in
Doha but we tried to work it
in a way that was not too obvi-
ous. We added subtle Islamic
patterns throughout and
enforced Islamic and Arab
identity through calligraphic
art works, explains Metwally
of his teams winning design.
According to Metwally,
one of the most essential
principles, when it comes to
hospital design, lies in ensur-
ing that a sense of peace and
calm is successfully commu-
nicated throughout the facil-
ity. In relation to the PET CT
project, Metwally explains:
We tried to keep everything
very light by using white with
maple wood veneer. Even the
patterning is white on white
with very subtle lighting.
He continues: Many peo-
ple think that hospital design
is easy and not challenging at
all, but to design a good hos-
pital you need to incorporate
design elements from hotels,
residential projects and com-
mercial buildings.
DESIGNING
FROM THE HEART
Aidan Imanova speaks to Amr Metwally, head of
architecture division PM&C department at Hamad Medical
Corporation, about working in the field of healthcare design
THE INTERVIEW
AMR METWALLY | PROFILE
31
PROFILE | AMR METWALLY
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Before specialising in hospital
architecture, Metwally was involved
in a myriad of projects including
several luxury residences in Dubai,
commercial projects in Saudi and
mosques in Egypt and UAE.
Nobody really chooses to become
a hospital architect. It happens
unexpectedly, as it did for me, he
modestly admits.
Metwally was working as a senior
design architect for Burt Hill in
Dubai, when he was introduced to
the eld of healthcare design and
slowly carved a niche in that area.
Many people think that hospital design is easy and not challenging at all,
but to design a good hospital you need to incorporate design elements
from hotels, residential projects and commercial projects.
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Al Mafraq
Hospitals Royal
Suite Entrance.
To me, designing hospi-
tals is a lot more rewarding
because you see the direct
impact a hospital has on
peoples lives, adds Met-
wally. However, he admits
that when he rst started
he found the work boring in
comparison to the excitement of
designing tall commercial buildings
and high-rise residential towers.
Ten years ago, we had low quality
healthcare in the region, not only
architecturally but also in terms of
the medical service. That has slowly
changed and we now have great
healthcare designs because you can-
not provide good medical services
with badly designed and constructed
facilities, Metwally shares.
Although the eld of hospital de-
sign has become more rewarding, the
rapid changes in technology makes
healthcare design all that more chal-
lenging, Metwally explains during
the hour-long interview.
AED2.4B
COST OF AL-MAFRAQ
HOSPITAL
PROFILE | AMR METWALLY
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Technology is moving too fast in
healthcare and every day you nd a
diferent kind of healthcare facility
with new technologies, new stan-
dards and new requirements so you
really cannot ever design the same
building twice.
While he admits that technology
plays a crucial part in guiding his
design principles, Metwally strongly
believes that holistic design requires
the incorporation of feedback from
all the hospital users so that the facil-
ity can be truly user-friendly.
To achieve this, Metwally spends
time with recently hospitalised
individuals to hear their suggestions
about facilities and spaces that could
enhance their medical experience.
I present projects to the patients
so that they can give me feedback,
Metwally shares.
He is quick to add, however, that
hospital design is not only about
patients, although they tend to be the
biggest stakeholders. A lot of hos-
pitals aim to only respond to patient
needs, forgetting the families who
come to visit and the nurses and staf
who provide support services.
Al Mafraq
hospitals
exterior
rendering
(above).
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Citing the
example of the PET
CT centre, Metwally
says: We designed a
courtyard for the doctors because
we did not want to only take care of
the patients but the doctors as well.
The courtyard has a shading device
and we put a hundred-year-old olive
tree from Lebanon in it to give the
hospital a sense of tranquility.
Olive tree (left),
to add a sense
of tranquility.
Waiting area
in the PET CT
centre (right).
He continues: There is
a new approach happening
right now which people are
calling healing by design instead
of healing by medicine. I see that
governments in the Middle East are
starting to understand it.
A testimony to this, Metwally
shares, is the fruition of the Al Mar-
fraq hospital in Abu Dhabi. The fa-
cility, designed while Metwally was
at Burt Hill, is set to open next year
and includes gardens and valleys,
features usually unheard of in the
healthcare industry until recently.
You would never nd a healthcare
project worth AED 2.4 billion 10
years ago, as is the case with Al Ma-
fraq, but now this is slowly becoming
the norm, he explains. It is very
common to walk around a hospital
and feel like you are in a hotel.
Many people think that hospital design is easy and not challenging at all,
but to design a good hospital you need to incorporate design elements
from hotels, residential projects and commercial buildings.
20
NUMBER OF HEALTHCARE
PROJECTS METWALLYS
WORKED ON
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36
SPIRITUALLY
ENHANCED
R
emoved from the over-
bearing spending drive
in Saudi Arabia, which
has led to ostentatious
hospital projects and fantastical
bed numbers, one medical institu-
tion pursues a diferent objective.
The healthcare facility in ques-
tion is the International Medical
Center (IMC), a modest in scale
multi-disciplinary hospital in Jed-
dah, but one committed to deliver-
ing a service like no other.
Its conceptual approach to medi-
cine exceeds treatment and seeks to
incorporate the full range of holis-
tic inuences on health, including
the spiritual but also the physical
environment and design.
In a testament to the ongoing
practical realisation of IMCs en-
deavour, July will see construction
begin on a fresh $6.08m project,
situated within the Knowledge
Economic City (KEC) in neigh-
bouring Madinah.
Why in Madinah? Because
Madinah is the second holiest
place here in Saudi Arabia after
Makkah, explains Dr. Emad Ali
Al-Jahdaly, executive director of
project management at IMC.
We are going to have it in two
phases; the rst is going to be a
polyclinic plus day surgery and the
second phase is going to be a 100-
bed hospital that is going to serve
the economic city, where we are ex-
pecting around 150,000 residents
to take up residence.
The project will also be located
just ve kilometres from the Proph-
ets Mosque in Madinah, which is
undergoing a massive expansion
project to increase its capacity from
200,000 worshippers currently to
1.8 million.
The Haramain rail station will
also be only 20 minutes away by
car, and even closer to the expanded
airport as of 2014. Right now the
population in Medina is around 1.7
million, but it will be around 2.8,
so nearly double by 2025, notes Al-
Jahdaly, further adding that visi-
tors to Madinah currently exceed
six million a year also expected to
rise rapidly.
The role of construction in the
process comes through the revival
of tradition linking Islam and ar-
chitecture. Dr. Sami Mohsin An-
gawi, chief architect at IMC, notes:
Islamic architecture was never
based on attractive structures, but
on balanced structures. The IMC
is truly the rst hospital to revive
the role of hospitals in the Islamic
culture by merging the healing by
design concept into the architec-
tural style of the 20th century.
This ethos translates into
recovery of the extensive use of
natural light, trickling water, and
lush greenery made by the earliest
hospitals of the Muslim world, a
propitious milieu of healing aimed
at promoting vitality and recovery.
The message that you need to take home about healthcare is that it is
not about constructing a facility, it is not about having 100 beds or 15
beds it is about a deep understanding of the consumer.
Dr Emad Ali Al-Jahady, executive director of project management at IMC
John Bambridge discovers the International Medical Centre in Jeddah
where tradition and architecture meet to reveal a hospital enhanced
with influences from Islam
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Modern research has done little
to dispel such precepts, with stud-
ies by John Hopkins University
and the British Medical Associa-
tion conrming that exposure to
a pleasant, natural environment
improves patients mood, speeds
recovery, in addition to decreasing
the need for pain medications, and
reducing staf fatigue and stress.
At the IMC in Jeddah contempo-
rary berglass gives over to wood,
stone and marble and cold faades
surrender to the
muqarnasat, an
architectural
feature involv-
ing a cascade of
concave arches,
with miniature
columns hang-
ing suspended,
evoking imagery of
the pen and learning.
King Abdullah bin Abdul-
Aziz, the Custodian of the Two
Holy Mosques, himself praised the
designs spiritual feeling one
that has drawn awards for excel-
lence both for design and build.
IMC Jeddah's
welcoming
entrance.
Contemporary
breglass gives
over to wood.
$6.08M
COST OF IMCS
NEW FACILITY IN
MADINAH
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One of the key features of the
hospital is its emphasis on nature
with a total of four gardens spread
across the facility.
The rst in a central courtyard
on the ground oor, occupied by
two fountains and shaded by a
south tower two oors higher than
the north tower to block hot air
currents, ensuring a cool environ-
ment at all times. There is also a
hanging garden draping from the
sixth to second oor of the struc-
ture to allow the greenery to be
enjoyed from patient rooms while
the fourth-oor garden contains a
labyrinth engraved into the marble,
which can be traced anti-clockwise,
as the tawaf around the Kaaba in
Makkah, to stimulate a peaceful
state of mind.
The hospital
features a
mixture of room
interiors to match
patient needs.
Islamic architecture
was never based on
attractive structures,
but on balanced
structures.
Dr Sami Mohsin Angawi,
chief architect at IMC
150,000
RESIDENTS EXPECTED
TO LIVE IN KNOWLEDGE
ECONOMIC CITY
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Other features include
the collation of out-patient
clinics into modules with
their own reception desks,
waiting areas and consulta-
tion rooms so asto eliminate
the usual series of trips and
promote quietude.
Every single in-patient
room also contains a large
window to benet from the
merits of sunlight in cardiac
health, deterring depression
and the destruction of infec-
tious bacteria.
All medical equipment,
tubes and oxygen masks
are also hidden by sliding
wooden panels to remove
the fear often generated by
such equipment.
The message that you
need to take home about
healthcare is that it is not
about constructing a facility,
it is not about having 100
beds or 15 beds it is about
a deep understanding of the
consumer, so when youre
talking about hospitals
youre talking about the
delivery of service - you are
talking about caring, says
Al-Jahdaly.
He continues: It is not
that we will bring a big
hospital planner and after
that get a designer. We have
diferent processes that the
physicians and nurses inter-
act with and the consumer
sees that is our model.
View of IMC Jeddah
IMC Mosque
Main entrance
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Architect: NORR
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
CASE STUDY
THE PROJECT
Sitting at the entrance of Abu
Dhabi, the Rawdhat community
development aims to bring a new
concept of living by combining pow-
erful architecture with tranquil views
of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Developed by Reem Developers,
the masterplan for this 28 hectare
project has been divided into 71
plots ofering a mix of residential and
commercial spaces. Whencom-
pleted, the development is expected
to have over 18,000 tenants. Plot C59,
the site for NORRs project for which
Aabar Properties LLC is the client, has
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THE SITE
NORRs 11-storey residential tower
on plot C59 will be located above
the ground oor base which is
predominantly used for entry
lobby and services rooms.
The residential tower will
have a total gross oor area of
11,428m
2
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has been designated for loading for
garbage storage. There will be 2.5
levels of basement carparking below
the ground oor, accommodating a
total of 106 spaces. The structure has
been designed to provide a direct
transfer of loads from roof level to
the building foundations.
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NORRs residential tower has been inspired by the organic forms which are prevalent in parts of the Mediterranean
such as the coastal and hillside regions of Greece. This modern interpretation of the stepped blocks or building forms
which interconnect, provides generous terraces for the residential units. The overall intent of the design is to create a
building of contrasts in levels, facades, volumes and materials, a lively intersection of solids and voids. The contrasting
colours and textures of the stone will emphasise the organic assembly of the tower.
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The oor plates for the residential rower will vary from oor to
oor to allow for the interplay of forms. Sections of oor plates will
be cantilevered to create the terrace areas, and deep shadow efect
on the facades. Varying oor plates will also allow for the variety of
apartment types, varying locations of apartments and relationship
to the views beyond the Rawdhat development.
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DNB BANK
HEADQUARTERS
Architects: MVRDV
Location: Oslo, Norway
CASE STUDY
THE PROJECT
The headquarters for the DNB
bank in Oslo has a surface area of
36,500 m
2
and attempts to convey
a futuristic take on space and void
architecture. At 17 storeys high, the
building provides over 2000 exible
work spaces for employees. Each
oor accommodates a series of glass
cubes where staf can hold informal
meetings, have lunches or take phone
calls. The pixellated volume based
on small-scale working units adapts
to the various inuences of the urban
context, combining the exible
internal organisation with a variety
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The structure, which
appears as a rock, is
conceived as a steel
rack wrapped in a brick
envelope. The skin
covers all exterior ter-
races, walls and ceilings
so as to meet Norwegian
environmental standards and
aids in giving a human scale to the
building. The collective spaces are
connected by a staggered continu-
ous internal route of terraces, all
executed as glass pixels, encouraging
informal meetings and communica-
tion between employees.
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TOTAL SURFACE
AREA
THE CONCEPT
The design is based on an ideal work group of the
bank, a pixel of 6x6 metres, whose versatility permits
adaptation to the nature of the organisation. The pixel-
latedappearance of the building was created by irregu-
larly arranging brick and glass cubes which were then
cut and pushed out in places to provide variety and an
internal passageway. We started with a massive slab
and by removing pixels one by one we were able to create
an arcade, terraces and a public passage, said project
architect, Jeroen Zuidgeest.
THE SITE
TheDNBBank Headquartersis located within
the waterfront development of Bjrvika Barcode that
MVRDV master planned in collaboration with Norwe-
gian architectsA-LabandDark Arkitekter. The generic
of ce oors recline and are recessed in various places to
create communal indoor and outdoor areas and provide
outstanding daylight conditions. At street level the build-
ing volume is opened to give space to sheltered entrance
zones, and intersected by a public passage creating a
public route between Oslo Central Station and the ford.
For nomination enquiries,
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Tuesday 1st October 2013
Al Faisaliah, Riyadh, KSA
RECOGNISING INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE IN THE BOOMING
CONSTRUCTION SECTOR IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
Ambitious construction projects continue at pace in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and for the 4th year, Construction
Week will crown the companies and individuals contributing
the most to the sectors success in the past 12 months.
Do not miss your opportunity to be involved in this unique social gathering. Winners on
the night will be entered into the Construction Week Awards in Dubai in December 2013,
which will crown the best accomplishments from the entire Middle East.
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THE
WORK
PROJECT UPDATE
The $77.7-million renovation, cre-
ated new entrance and social spaces,
including a restaurant, terrace,
education facilities and a dramatic
full-height atrium. The main design
principle implemented throughout
the project was to maintain the same
amount of exhibition area, while
creating new circulation and visitor
spaces. The refurbishment also
signicantly improved the museums
environmental performance.
LENBACH-
HAUS
MUSEUM
Architect:
Foster +
Partners
Location:
Munich,
Germany
The ESS research facility will be-
come the worlds rst most advanced
center for neutron-based research
and will contain state-of-the-art
technologies in carefully designed
spaces to complement the scientic
research facility. The technology
can be used for research in topics
ranging from medicine to archaeol-
ogy. Research at ESS is expected to
commence in 2019, while the entire
facility will be completed by 2025.
EUROPEAN
SPALLATION
SOURCE
RESEARCH
FACILITY
Architect:
Henning
Larsen, COBE,
SLA
Location:
Lund, Sweden
KING
ABDULLAH
FINANCIAL
DISTRICT
METRO
STATION
Architect: ZHA
Location:
Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia
The 20,434m
2
metro station will
feature six platforms and two levels
of underground car parking .The
concept draws on the patterns of the
desert winds on nearby sand dunes
to create rippling motions across the
faade. These undulating swathes are
echoed inside the station concourse
with a three-dimensional lattice
dened by a sequence of opposing
sine-waves, inspired by statistics of
the stations daily traf c ows.
20,434
METRES
2
SITE AREA OF
METRO STATION
$77.7
MILLION
RENOVATION
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tion of a jaded 1970s of ce block into
a contemporary complex covering
18,580m
2
. The window glazing was
replaced with new high performance
units to deliver a brighter facade and
to provide improved thermal and
acoustic insulation. The roof design
draws inspiration from the linear-
ity of the building and uses timber
decks, linear planters and pebbled
terraces as part of a playful redesign.
123 VICTORIA
STREET
Architect:
Aukett Fitzroy
Robinson
Location:
London, UK
The building was designed to make a
substantial visual impact on the ur-
ban grain of its immediate surround-
ings and to become a landmark for
Oman. Completed within 18 months,
the main building contains 527
rooms, including of ces, lecture halls,
laboratories and a research area. It
also features a sports hall, canteen,
cafeteria, shops, recreational areas
and parking spaces, as well as three
attached accomodation blocks.
GERMAN
UNIVERSITY
OF
TECHNOLOGY
Architect:
Hoehler +
Partner
Location:
Halban, Oman
QUEEN ALIA
INTER-
NATIONAL
AIRPORT
Architect:
Foster +
Partners
Location:
Amman,
Jordan
The airports design is based on a
exible modular solution, allow-
ing the capacity to increase by 6%
per annum, from 3.5 million to 12
million passengers by 2030. The
design is inspired by local references,
particularly the domed roof which
echoes the black owing fabric of a
Bedouin tent, when viewed from the
air. The terminal is glazed on all sides
to allow views of the aircraft and to
aid orientation.
FLAME
TOWERS
Architect:
HOK
Location:
Baku,
Azerbaijan
The construction of Bakus striking
complex of three mixed-use high
rises, the Flame Towers, is now com-
plete with interior t out underway.
A residential tower sits to the south,
with 130 apartments over 39 oors,
and is the tallest of the three towers.
The Fairmont Baku hotel, situated
on the northern corner of the site,
consists of 318 guest rooms, whilst
the western tower provides 33,114m
2

of Class A of ce space.
12
MILLION
PASSENGERS
BY 2030
18,580
METRES
2

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Last year Dewan was awarded the
contract to design the new Cultural
Centre by the Basra Governorate in
Iraq, after the recent establishment
of Dewans Basra branch of ce. The
Basra Cultural Centre will contain
ne arts exhibition areas, meeting
rooms, conference halls, a heritage
museum, cinema halls, theatre, a
radio and television broadcasting
department, public library, cafeteria,
outdoor landscaping and green areas.
BASRA
CULTURAL
CENTRE
Architect:
Dewan
Location:
Basra, Iraq
The unanimous winner of the 11
th

Tile of Spain awards in Architecture
and Interior Design, this project
involves the conversion of a 19
th

century Spanish slaughterhouse
into a professional cooking school.
Designed by Maria Gonzalez Garcia
and Juanjo Lopez de la Cruz, from
Sol 89, it was described by the jury as
acutely aware of its surroundings...
resolved with very modest means, yet
very delicately and very successfully.
CATERING
SCHOOL
Architect:
Sol 89
Location:
Medina
Sidonia,
Spain
Designed by Norr, this 150m high
tower in KSA responds to the
architects belief that modern of ce
buildings should be designed for
exibility. It features 20 oors of
column-free Class A of ce space
suspended between split concrete
cores. In addition to the 15,500m
2

of leasable space, amenities include
a health club and leisure deck and a
roof garden located within the frame
at the top of the tower.
AL KHOBAR
OFFICE
TOWER
Architect:
Norr Group
Consultants
Location: Al
Khobar, Saudi
Arabia
Bahrains rst national theatre con-
tains a 1,001-seat auditorium and a
150-seat exible auditorium and ex-
hibition area. The expansive glazing
involved an innovative curtain wall
system fully supported by glass. With
overall control of the entire project,
Paris-based AS. Architecture Studio
appointed Atkins in 2009 to collabo-
rate on detailed architectural design,
including the total external envelope,
along with site-wide supervision.
BAHRAIN
NATIONAL
THEATRE
Architect: AS.
Architecture-
Studio
Detailed
design: Atkins
Location:
Manama,
Bahrain
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LAST WORD | RANDY EDWARDS
The biggest factor that must be considered when designing healthcare projects
is the change in demographics.
The largest age demographic in the Middle East is people between 25 and 45 and this
demographic is educated and understands the global market, and as such, is demanding the
same level of healthcare that is seen in the West.
It is also important to consider how the design of healthcare spaces can minimize
hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
This aspect of design has little to do with aestheticsand may not be the sexiest part of
being a designerbut it can truly be the diference between life and death. Designing
buildings to include private patient rooms when possible, hands-free caregiver hand
washing sinks in each patient room, textiles and fabrics with antimicrobial qualities, and
properly ventilated spaces, can all play a role in decreasing HAIs.
In the Middle East, the emphasis we place on integrating family into the healing
process is a big diferentiator from the West.
When we design a building in the Middle East, the one question we ask ourselves more
than anything is how many people can we t in this space? We ask that question for nearly
every spacepatient rooms, waiting areas, prayer rooms and even morgues.
Change is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare design. Its a challenge
because what we design today can get outdated quickly as technology, building
science and healthcare delivery advances.
The key is to design buildings to be exibleessentially enabling them to change and adapt
to new innovations without requiring a new building in ten years.
There is no universal standard for design excellence, and what one person thinks
is beautiful is an eyesore to someone else.
Designing buildings that appeal to a broad audience is dif cult, but also something that
makes our jobsas designersall the more exciting.
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