Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that the firm’s Cilin Hospital received a First Prize of Excellent Architecture Design in the Public Architecture Design category from Shanghai City. The awards are given by the government’s official association for architecture, civil engineering, land planning and surveying, and are the most prestigious design awards for Shanghai City. Of the 29 projects awarded first prize, only three were hospital projects.
Cilin Hospital provides world-class healthcare services by integrating U.S. and Chinese systems. The modern, main facade features a glass curtain wall combined with metal and stone. A central feature is the “beacon tower,” wrapped by two inpatient-care wings. Inspired by natural elements, the interior reveals simplicity and elegance. Blending indoor and outdoor space to provide a comfortable, healing environment was a key priority. A large skylight atop the multilevel atrium floods the space with natural light. Featuring an indoor garden, views to nature and several outdoor garden areas, the design creates a tranquil environment, both inside and out, for patients, staff and visitors.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Shanghai Exploration and Design Trade Association as one of the three hospitals to win first prize in the Public Architecture Design category,” commented Kevin S. Kim, AIA, design principal, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “By incorporating U.S. best healthcare and design practices with traditional Chinese medicine, we’ve created a space that effectively serves the community and represents the changing healthcare landscape in China.”
The team designed the facility for future flexibility through modular design and convertible suites in the patient bed tower. The over 81,000-square-meter (880,000-square-foot) hospital houses 500 beds, with the capacity to expand to 700 beds, and comprises diagnostic and treatment facilities, a cancer center, a 10-room OR, a 48-room intensive care unit, physician offices, women’s health services, pediatric care, VIP clinics, advanced imaging, and emergency and inpatient departments.
Cilin Hospital is a joint venture between Chinaco Healthcare Corporation (CHC) and the local Cixi government. It was built to replace the Cixi Second People’s Hospital.
GS&P’s dedicated Healthcare staff approach each project through the lens of Value-Added Design. Value-Added Design is a dynamic, holistic framework in which teams explore and define what is important to clients with a focus on key performance indicators: patient safety; operational efficiencies; integration of technology; adaptability/resiliency; healthy, sustainable buildings; and human experience through evidence-based design. This approach gives clients the opportunity to assess and prepare for inevitable market shifts.