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GKD: City of hope

Research hospital in California opts for metallic mesh sun protection facade

Close cooperation between research and practical medicine is the key to successful disease control. In this context, City of Hope in California relies on short distances and open, transparent collaboration. The accredited Comprehensive Cancer Center has been carrying out research into cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses for over 100 years, testing findings on site and applying them in the on-campus hospital. In this way City of Hope follows its mission statement of transforming the future of health to quickly turn hope into reality. The modern and open building concept of Helford Clinical Research Hospital is part of this approach. This sense of openness is enhanced further by a metallic mesh sun protection facade from GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG (GKD).

When designing the research hospital, patient well being was the top priority for the NBBJ architects from San Francisco. Large windows, an inviting glass entrance area and a view of the green surroundings provide an environment in which patients feel comfortable and can fully recuperate. Moreover, the open building design allows patients to feel they are connected with the outside world during their treatment. In southern California, it is vital that glass buildings are provided with intelligent sun protection. In order to bring the required functionality into harmony with the concept of openness and transparency, the architects chose a mounted sun protection facade made of GKD Futura 3110 stainless steel mesh. The facade measuring around 500 m2 comprises three panels and covers the access side of the hospital over five floors, projecting above the roof of the building by several metres. This slightly arched construction visually underlines the innovative character of the modern building. The sun protection function of the facade contributes to lowering air conditioning costs. Inside the building, the light transmission of the textile material allows natural daylight to enter, while the transparency of the mesh grants an unobstructed view of the San Gabriel Mountains and the City of Hope’s park-like garden.

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