The design of the new Gemini Hospital has been approved by the commissioner and the local government.
The concept of the design is told by two terms: Living building and planetree. The building is rational on one side and emotional on the other. These apparent opposites has been united in the building by creating two extremely flexible and rational building blocks and an organic shaped recreational area in between (the body).
Parking is located underneath the two functional blocks. The two very rational blocks can be adapted to different programs; they can grow, shrink and still keep its strong appearance to the surroundings. The facade connects to the surrounding nature where dunes are the source of inspiration.
In the residential area the pathway of the client feels very natural.
Functional connections between the two blocks form the shape of the hallway. Paths lead from elevator to elevator. The client is guided by voids and light. Connections to its local surroundings are difficult to achieve, because of its scale and function. That’s why the building is oriented in a straight north-south direction. This gives the rooms a beautiful view to both the Northsea in the west and the Waddensea in the east.
The project is developed within a consortium called Helder Oranje (clear orange) within a very tight budget. The incorporated flexibility has already been used during the design process while searching for the best lay-out for each department.