Taikang Community Investment Co., Ltd.


Ningbo City, China




Architecture, Planning

When Taikang Community Investment Co., Ltd., looked to invest in the health and well-being of China’s Ningbo City, they called on Gresham Smith to enter the contest to design their flagship project. Gresham Smith’s competition-winning design combines healthcare, retirement living and retail in nearly 3 million square feet along Bai Zhang Dong Lu, one of the city’s main highways. The building’s design is modern yet timeless and, when complete, will enhance the surrounding community while becoming a landmark in Ningbo City.

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aerial of exterior of Taikang Ningbo facilities

Across each space, the facility’s design is infused with nature and creates a calm, relaxing environment. The exterior will be clad in light stone and glass and will feature numerous balconies, green roofs and rooftop gardens. Once inside, residents and visitors will experience panoramic views of the city’s river park and the surrounding skyline, as well as have access to a central courtyard with a waterfall, reflecting pool and tea house.

rendering of a courtyard with a waterfall feature and seating areas
rendering of a pond and a tea house

Operational efficiency and patient privacy were key considerations in the hospital’s design. The 400-bed patient hospital will link the emergency department, operating rooms, intensive care unit and patient rooms using separate circulations for staff, patients and visitors. Dedicated trauma access will allow critical patients to receive care more quickly, while distributed support spaces and observation areas outside each ICU room will enhance patient safety.

rendering of residential community space with a dining area
rendering of a rooftop swimming pool

Throughout the design process our team’s goal was to create a space that fosters long-term resident and patient relationships, supporting the organization’s mission to provide comprehensive care for an entire lifetime. The continuing care retirement community was designed with mobility in mind and facilitates independent living. The space includes multiple lounges for visiting with friends and family members, a swimming pool, restaurants and a memory garden.