Matteo Thun and HDR TMK Selected to Design Patient Bed House at Thuringian Forest Hospital in Eisenberg, Thuringia, Germany

(July 29, 2013) - The team of Matteo Thun and HDR TMK have won a design competition for a new patient bed house at the Thuringian Forest Hospital in Eisenberg, Thuringia, Germany. The 258-bed project will house orthopedic patients in a building that takes the relationship between physical space, hospitality, and patient care to a level rarely seen in hospital environments.

"The design concept is a dramatic shift away from traditional healthcare design in Germany," said Michael Keitel, managing director of HDR TMK. "It will be an architectural icon that provides service and convenience in a way that rivals some of the finest hotels in the country. The client actually describes the new building as being a 'hotel that functions like a hospital.'"

This highly competitive design competition was won by combining the healthcare expertise of Germany-based HDR TMK with the high-end architecture experience of Milan-based design firm, Matteo Thun & Partners. Matteo Thun & Partners will act as the design architect for the project, with HDR providing healthcare planning services—ensuring the building not only looks beautiful, but improves patient outcomes, increases operational efficiency, and enhances the overall healthcare experience.

The patient bed house will combine hospitality-like interior elements with natural exterior materials, such as wood and foliage, creating a healing oasis with a literal connection to nature.  Patient rooms will look out onto the neighboring forest and countryside, and each room will connect to interior winter gardens filled with plant life and spaces for relaxation and recreation. The building will pay special attention to resource conservation, using sustainable building materials and lowering energy consumption by approximately one third compared to the current building.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building is planned for the spring of 2015. The building will reach completion in the fall of 2017.

In early 2013, TMK Architekten • Ingenieure, one of Germany's leading architecture firms, joined global design firm HDR Architecture. The combined firm—HDR TMK—is now the hub for HDR Architecture's healthcare and science + technology design programs in Europe.