Al Maha Centre Wins at World Architecture Festival

This week, the Al Maha Centre for Children and Young Adults was named the Winner in the Health – Future Projects category at the eighth annual World Architecture Festival 2015 in Singapore. World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest international architectural event, with an awards program featuring live presentations to delegates and international juries. 2,000 architects from 65 countries attended this year's festival.

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 161,500-square-foot (15,000-square-meter) facility strives to create a home for children and families. 

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. 

Thought leadership from HDR's U.S. and UAE offices partnered with HDR | Rice Daubney in Australia and HDR | TMK in Germany to provide integrated design and consulting services. Project Principal Ahmad Soueid says, "having multiple offices on multiple continents work together builds the fabric within the company that connects all of us to one ultimate common goal: to provide the best resources available globally to deliver great projects to our clients."

This is HDR's second consecutive winner at the World Architecture Festival; last year, the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse won the festival's Best Overall Health project.