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Make reveals Kurdistan children's hospital plans

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Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has unveiled these proposals for Kurdistan’s first children’s hospital

Designed with AKTII, the 25,000m² scheme on the north-eastern edge of Erbil in northern Iraq, has been designed as a ‘flower’ radiating from a central atrium.

The complex includes a three-storey 120-bed main building with 56 single rooms, four 6-bed bays and 20 VIP rooms.

The project for the Kurdistan Regional Government has been on the practice’s books since 2009.


The architect’s view

The proposed scheme aims to establish a means of health care intervention which will reduce child fatalities. The proposals make use of the undulating site by partially burying the service basement, separating out the various entrances and facilitating direct escape from the first floors. The hospital, which looks out across a rural landscape which will be enhanced with therapeutic gardens and parklands, is designed in a radial plan around a central atrium, forming the social heart of the building, providing easy way finding around the building and creating a welcoming and friendly focus for children, their families and the staff.

The complex includes a 120-bed main building and support buildings including a hotel, staff accommodation and a supermarket. The three-storey main hospital provides 56 single rooms, four 6-bed bays and 20 VIP rooms. The clinical facilities will accommodate three operating rooms, an emergency department, an imaging department, specialist outpatient clinics, a paediatric and neo-natal intensive care unit and a women’s hospital.

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