OMA / Reinier de Graaf & Buro Happold unveiled the design for Al Daayan Health District, Doha, Qatar. On a plot of 1.3 million square meters, the project examines the “potentials of modularity and prefabrication in relation to rapid changes in medicine science.” It uses low-cost, cross-shaped, modular units that can be prefabricated on-site. A local high-tech farm will provide food and medicine production. The district will also have a solar farm.
The masterplan’s central feature is a two-story structure. It houses a teaching hospital as well as a women’s, children’s, and ambulatory diagnostics centre. To reduce the number of elevators and to give patients access to the gardens, clinical facilities are located on the first floor. Bed wards are on the ground floor. This architectural feature has been used for many years in Islamic medical architecture.
Modular units can be assembled locally at a low cost and with minimal reliance on global supply chain. They can also be reconfigured or expanded without interfering with existing processes. They can be designed in a variety of ways, with ornamentation being an integral part.
Since long, architects have aimed to find a solution for the hospital. This proposal begins at the opposite end. It is a proposal to view the hospital as a building that is always under construction and as an organism in which time and space must be equally considered. — Reinier de Graaf
The first quadrant of OMA Berlin KaDeWe’s transformation into a department store opened to the public earlier this month. This reveals a new approach in retail design for the age of online shopping, shifting consumer behavior, and a new approach to retail design. The masterplan divides the historic building (the largest in continental Europe) into four smaller, more accessible, and easily navigable segments.