HDR selected to design two projects at China's Zhejiang University

(January 3, 2014) - After an extensive international design competition, HDR and its local partner, the Zhejiang Province Institute of Architectural Design & Research, was named the design architect for the new 1,200-bed Zhejiang University School of Medicine First Affiliated Hospital Yuhang and the new Zhejiang University Medical Research Center, both in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Combined, the projects total more than five million square-feet of healthcare and research space.

HDR's winning design concept brings the research, hospital, administration, housing, and support facilities together on one campus. The facilities integrate translational medicine, nature, public spaces and function, and reflect modern healthcare design that pays tribute to the university's collection of historic buildings.

"The design of the campus deviates from the typical approach to healthcare design and creates a very collegiate atmosphere," said Brian Kowalchuk, HDR's global director of design. "Whereas most hospital sites are designed to usher people into a building, the buildings on the new Zhejiang campus are designed around a large central green space filled with places to connect, learn, collaborate, relax, and heal, including a café, amphitheater, and exhibition areas. It is a campus in the truest sense."

The architecture of the buildings reflects two styles: the first four stories are brick to complement the century-old nearby campus buildings, and the floors above are white, rectangular structures expressive of contemporary architecture. The medical planning component of the project focuses on integrated spaces for translational collaboration and multidisciplinary care, clinical specialty clusters for an enhanced patient experience and outcomes, and efficient and flexible shared infrastructure to easily adapt to future needs.

"These projects continue the university's legacy of leadership in quality healthcare and education," added Yong Sun, HDR's director of operations for China. "They will house healthcare's most advanced technologies and complex functions, and facilitate cutting-edge care and research in very human-centered and evidence-based environments. This is a monumental undertaking that will surely lead to significant advancements in health and research."