Johor Bahru Hospital, Malaysia – Nightingale Associates
Nightingale Associates has unveiled plans for a luxury private hospital in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The 400 bed Specialist Hospital, for KPJ Healthcare Berhad, will provide a range of one-stop ‘Centres of Excellence’ catering for both local and international patients. The distinctive design is inspired by the concept of “the healing hand” and was developed by the design team comprising of Nightingale Associates and locally based Healthcare Technical Services and M&R Architects.
Last year Nightingale Associates, in association with Malaysian practice M&R Architects, won an international design competition held by leading private healthcare provider, KPJ Healthcare Berhad. Nightingale Associates was appointed as lead architects and M&R Architects will execute the detailed design. The hospital will be developed using international standards, however local considerations will also be reflected in the proposal.
KPJ Healthcare’s aspiration for the hospital is an innovative departure from all the other hospitals in Malaysia that have preceded it, not only in the quality of its clinical services, but also in terms of its hospital planning and architectural design. The new hospital is intended to provide high quality health services to both domestic and international clients.
Nightingale has developed a design concept that is in plan based on the 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; this includes central imaging, endoscopy, pharmacy, theatres, intensive care, emergency, restaurant and teaching facilities. The six Centres of Excellence namely – 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.
The main concourse levels feature substantial retail provision, with shops on two levels, including a double height supermarket. Access to the Centres of Excellence will be through the atrium and retail area or directly from external drop-off entrance points.
The design proposals will soon be submitted to the Malaysian Ministry of Health. The project will be developed in two phases, the first of which is scheduled to start on site mid-2012.
“Nightingale Associates is looking to increase its project portfolio in Asia, tackling the new challenge of designing and building hospitals for regions with tropical climates. This exciting project has given us the opportunity to design a hospital for the high-end international market, and for the patient focused delivery of highest quality medical services. 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”, Project Architect, Milorad Vucinic