UZ Leuven and UZ Saint-Luc are investing in a research and treatment center for proton therapy. Together with UZ Gent and the industry, this center will work on the further development of proton and carbon-ion treatments. The treatment has proven successful in children with cancer and tumors in the central nervous system.
- A dignified entrance and waiting area
- A central zone with ample daylight
- Spaciousness, openness, and a clear layout
- An aura inspiring trust
- Fair use of materials
- State-of-the-art technology
The program is mostly located below ground level, but deep incisions allow daylight to reach the lowest usage level. The staggered terraces with rooftop gardens create added landscape value at the level of the entire hospital campus.
The new MRT department is directly connected to the existing one. By accessing the department at two points, it can function as a compact unit with the existing MRT department while also supporting the proton therapy department.
The new center aims to become a leading international institution. The architectural ambition is to create a building that aligns with this status in terms of image and aura. The biggest design challenge is to bring daylight into a building that is mostly underground in a qualitative and immersive way.
The building as a whole, and especially the public space, are designed in such a way that one never feels confined in a basement space. This is of fundamental importance for the psychological well-being of the patient. The essence of the design mainly lies in removing stress-inducing factors. Staff, visitors, and patients all benefit from a pleasant and readable environment.