Prinses Elisabeth Children’s Hospital
UZ Gent University Hospital required an extension which created innovative facilities for paediatric care. The design by Gortemaker Algra Feenstra strived to create a unique and recognizable building centred around children’s needs. The project itself is an extension of existing buildings (16.000 m2). The project has been realized in collaboration with the Leuven based engineering firm Ar-Te Stabo.
Since children are the main users, Gortemaker Algra Feenstra decided to create a recognizable and quirky building, instead of an extension of the existing buildings. The campus was already dominated by large concrete structures and Gortemaker Algra Feenstra wanted therefore to reduce the impact of the new building on the surroundings.
In order to achieve this the base of the building is covered with a green undulating landscape. Apart from enhancing the green environment of the campus it also evokes a perception of the surrounding landscape from the internal spaces of the wards. The wards themselves are set above in a single floating volume with curved edges. The base of the building is split in two parts divided by the main circulation concourse. On one side the extensions of the departments are directly connected to the existing hospital. The other side of the concourse is dedicated to the new Children’s Hospital. By shifting the two section along the concourse daylight can infiltrate the entire length of it.
The interior is completed with a warm colour palette and rounded, playful furniture. The new facilities create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for children. The building contains outpatient wards, a day hospital, a paediatric intensive care ward with 15 units, extension of the existing operation facilities with 4 operation theatres, staff quarters and a paediatric hospital with 78 beds. The new clinic has been named Princess Elisabeth Children’s Hospital, after the Belgium crown princess.