Al Maha Centre for Children and Young Adults

Hamad Medical Corporation
Doha, State of Qatar

The Al Maha Centre for Children and Young Adults relocates Hamad Medical Corporation's long-term acute care operations for children to Doha, Qatar's capital and largest city. Designed for children three and up, many of whom are afflicted with lifelong conditions such as cerebral palsy, the facility strives to create a home for children and families. 

The Centre is arranged around a central "Souq," a main arrival space including research area and café. The ambulatory care clinic, also known as the "neighborhoods," also offers families community-oriented services such as schooling and therapy.  All parts of the building are connected through fully accessible vertical and horizontal circulation; generously wide corridors take advantage of views to the outside and internal gardens to create intuitive wayfinding.

The Centre facility combines a nurturing, non-clinical environment with evidence-based design to provide an engaging sensory experience for young patients. Natural light is filtered through decorative external shading devices, creating an ever-changing pattern within the facility. Splashes of color introduce a warm neutral palette to key areas of the building and patient rooms. Courtyard gardens, featuring tactile landscaping and water features, provide a relaxing, therapeutic environment. 

Awards

  • 2015 Winner, Health - Future Projects category - World Architecture Festival (WAF)
  • 2016 Winner, Future Healthcare Design category - European Global Healthcare Design Awards