Al Qasimi Hospital,
Sharjah (U.A.E.)

The new General & Maternity hospital is located aside the existing hospital. The project intends to increase the existing facilities with the most modern technology in order to have a fully integrated maternity section. The project is an aggregation of different buildings with specific functions, organized for the best integration between all departments and facilities.

 

The architectural composition follows the idea of a humane, smoothly colored, friendly acting building, open to the outside environment, light and green by use of large glazed  facades. A dedicated maternity ward is the main feature in the hospital, a compact group of distinguished volumes, dedicated to women and child care. The new emergency building replaces the existing department, proposed as one level pavilion between the old hospital and new. On the roof is foreseen the passage of future covered bridge connecting new maternity with existing general hospital. Main entrance gate house controls the pedestrian and car traffic in hospital area.

 

The natural slope of the site facilitates a clear division of the functional flows. Patients and visitors' main entrance and separated VIP entrance are facing main public parking on level 1, while emergency, staff and supplies traffic is distributed at level 0.

 

The design approach inside building is based on using natural light in rooms where people work or patient stay: examination rooms, offices, bedrooms, play and day rooms, doctors rooms and so on are, wherever permitted, with natural light to reduce electricity demand and to allow people users to have the perception of day light. The wards are oriented east-west in order to make better use of the sun control and also allow the passage of time.

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