Central core Placing shared functions and support functions within a central core create shorter and equal distances for staff as the site measures up to 70 meters in length. It also supports wayfinding as it acts as an orientation mark. Placing the entrance and waiting areas centrally also makes the building dividable.
Ground floor plan [General outpatient department]
First floor plan [General ward]
To convert between the ward and outpatient department, general room sizes suitable for both patient rooms and examination rooms were studied. The result form type room A, which require reconstructions in converting RWCs into expeditions. In this case, the shafts are prepared to also convert an expedition into a RWC. Several rooms are provided with balconies to increase the access to nature for the patients and could be used as separate entrances in case of infection outbreaks. Type rooms B are common between the ward and outpatient department or require changes in the stuff layer, furniture. Other rooms are specific to the care typology and could be converted into storages or other less demanding uses with changes in the stuff layer.
”because the only certainty in health care is change”
Gressel & Hilands, 2008, fifth paragraph
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