Healthy City - Healthy Campus
When speaking about healthcare, we should not limit ourselves to the hospital, but also extend our perspective to include its environment. People go to hospital when they have fallen ill. Thus, the social task of a hospital in terms of healthcare has a curative character.
However, healthcare begins even before clinical care. Anyone taking a serious look at healthcare architecture cannot ignore the preventative perspective and must take the protection of the hospital’s surroundings into account. Protecting the environment is protecting health!
Klinikum Memmingen, Memmingen, Germany
A new urban campus will be created with the construction of the new Klinikum Memmingen – a place that mediates between the hospital and the city and successfully combines public life and privacy.
A central square forms the heart of the campus. The hospital, psychiatric clinic and medical care centre are grouped around this square as a loose ensemble. Public functions and a cafeteria create an urban flair. The square will be paved with high-quality local natural stone. Islands planted with a variety of grasses and perennials create an adequate entrance and a prestigious space with a high quality of stay.
All roof surfaces of the campus will be designed as biodiversity roofs, which partially compensates for the surface sealing and provides important habitats for plants and animals (e.g. wild bees and butterflies). The roof areas of the plinth building form a garden level with lush plantings and terraces as a green oasis for rest and relaxation.
Visitors, patients and staff enter the hospital from the campus square via a bright entrance hall, where an open staircase connects the entrance level with a semi-public mezzanine floor – the hospital’s lounge and meeting area.