Huzhou Central Hospital
Elements of nature, as represented by sunlight, plants, and the surrounding landscape, have been thoughtfully incorporated into the design as a fundamental strategy in aiding the healing process. Through the use of expansive windows and skylights, operable windows and landscaped courtyards, both patients and staff experience an increased sense of comfort with an abundance of natural light and ventilation. The internal circulation uses the concept of a pedestrian ’main street’ as a connector between departments. The street is anchored by a sculptural centerpiece known as the ’Tree of Life’ symbolizing hope and serving to uplift the patient spirit. The hospital is also a critical component in the city's expansion plan. Designed with the concept of a "hospital in a park", the facility integrates a pedestrian-friendly landscape strategy, offering free and open access to the greater community. The project employs various design strategies that target China’s Green Building 2 Star rating. Extensive landscaping utilized throughout the campus aids in reducing heat island effect, and provides suitable habitats for urban wildlife.