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As part of a structural engineering competition, we have developed a concept for the construction of a new regional health center for the municipality of Erfde. Medical care in the region is to be expanded. In addition to a general medical practice and a physiotherapy practice, the design should also include a day care facility, a pharmacy, a medical supply store and an outpatient care facility.


The building's cubature is oriented in its horizontal projection towards the surrounding landscape, which is predominantly characterized by the straight lines of the small-scale fields. The rectangular shape is taken up and divided by a staggered line, whereby the line of intersection through the body simultaneously defines the surfaces with maximum transparency. The two L-shaped structures are then pushed apart, slightly twisted towards each other and then connected again via a third transparent structure. The resulting spaces are used for staying. This not only creates the foyer, but also relates the different functions in the outdoor space to one another. The rotation of one of the structures also creates an expansion of the main entrance. This makes it easier to see, which makes orientation easier.


The design creates a place that not only meets the demands of improved medical care, but also offers a high architectural quality and, as a result, a high quality of stay. The approach of "healing architecture" is being pursued here, where the well-being and recovery of patients, staff and relatives is the focus and is to be promoted through a pleasant atmosphere. For this purpose, the room program was expanded to include a small café with a terrace. The day care center also has such an outdoor area. In winter and in bad weather, the spacious foyer can also be used as a seating area. A meeting place is to be created for the people who perform the various functions of the building.

In addition, the factors of mobility and accessibility are also taken into account in the concept, although these do not act as opposites here. Rather, the two factors work together to ensure the best possible accessibility. The building's cubature forms a clear and easily recognizable entrance situation. The foyer, which connects the two parts of the building as a transparent prism, allows views of the traffic areas outside the building, but also of the stairwells and elevators, which ensure vertical access. The foyer is therefore not only the central arrival and meeting point of the building, but also enables the perception of horizontal and vertical mobility. The easier orientation is an expression of the desired accessibility and at the same time increases the well-being of users and patients.





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