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Zaha designs Ronald McDonald apartments

Zaha Hadid Architects is among 11 practices from nine countries to design an apartment for a McDonald’s charity house in Hamburg

Ronald McDonald Haus will provide accommodation for relatives of children receiving treatment at Altona Children’s Hospital in the German city.

Zaha Hadid’s design for Apartment 5 features of two half shells ‘creating a marine effect’.

The practice said it had used light to make the 25m2 space seem larger than it is. Children were considered in the design with tactile surfaces and spaces to hide and play.

‘The wooden shell works like a tray that carries the family and accommodates their actions within the space,’ said the practice.

‘The inbuilt furniture and the position of the bed within the space leave a large floor space for the family to sit and communicate and for the kids and siblings to play on.’ 

Barcode Architects; Hans Hollein & Partner; and Low Architecten are all designing apartments for the house.

The line-up is completed by Brandherm + Krumrey; Appia Contract; Embaixada; Manuelle Gautrand Architecture; Estudio Entresitio; Saraspiro SA Architecture; and Raiserlopes Architekten.

Graft Architects is designing an Oase, or open space, to bring families together and promote wellbeing.

The Ronald McDonald Haus will open its doors later this year. About 450 families are expected to use it each year.

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