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Nightingale Associates reveals Malaysian ‘healing hand’ hospital scheme

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Nightingale Associates has been commissioned to design a 400-bed hospital in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The ‘luxury’ private hospital was commissioned by KPJ Healthcare Berhad and will cater to both domestic and international clients. The building was designed with locally based Healthcare Technical Services and M&R Architects and is based on the concept of a symbolic ‘healing hand’.

The curved ‘palm’ of the hand accommodates a central atrium and a ‘hot core’ which comprises clinical and non-clinical departments that support the whole hospital. Six clinical departments (oncology, cardiology, orthopaedics, general and elderly medicine, cosmetic and reconstructive, and woman and children) form ‘fingers’ that protrude through the glazed atrium wall. These have curved end facades, and a wave-like roof concealing plant areas.

Access to the departments will be through the atrium and retail area - which boasts a double height supermarket - or directly from external drop-off entrance points.

Milorad Vucinic, project architect at Nightingale Associates said: ‘The design concept is dramatic, symbolic and also highly efficient in terms of clinical functionality, providing a distinctive, separate identity and access for each Centre of Excellence.’

The design proposals are expected to be submitted to the Malaysian Ministry of Health soon. The project will be developed in two phases, with M&R Architects executing the detailed design.

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