This project represents two of its designer’s key interests − the return of the hospital as part of a city block after exile to the outskirts, and the desire to create a universal form with the maximum inherent flexibility.
The architects decided, through analyses, that this form is a grid-like structure, which it describes as a ‘double comb’. Here it connects the ‘dead ends’ of the comb at ground level to enhance circulation. Since functions will change with time, these are not reflected in the form. Instead, the expression is derived from the building’s structure, resulting in a city block with a rhythmic, repeating pattern.
Medisch Centrum Rijnmond-Zuid
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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