how a new medical-technical building optimises the distribution and utilisation of the essential functions of an existing hospital site
Delivered at the end of 2019 to Brussels hospital grouping ‘Hôpitaux Iris Sud d’Etterbeek-Ixelles’, the new medical-technical building (11.470 m² across five above ground and two below ground levels) completes the new organizational layout of the hospital site.
This marks the termination of a long operation essentially involving four major operations:
The new Medical-Technical Building is located o the interior of the lot, to the rear of the site. This complex extends to over 22.200 m².
Along with car parks for the personnel and the logistics facilities (the two basement levels), the new block accommodates a surgical day hospital equipped with four operating theatres (ground floor), a 9-bed intensive care unit, (first floor) an operations block with four operating theatres (second floor) a central sterilization service (third floor) and a fourth floor as yet unallocated.
|program||design and construction of the new medical-technical block of the Iris Sud hospitals (Etterbeek-Ixelles)|
|client||hôpitaux Iris Sud|
|address||rue Jean Paquot 63, Brussels Belgium|
|team||architect: assar architects|
general contractor: Valens & Jansen finishings
stability study: Setesco
building services: Sweco (Marcq & Roba)
Organisation: flexibility, modularity and compactness
In view of the virtually constant need for modification/renovation, the new medical-technical building has been conceived to be flexible and modular. This will reduce the number of technical constraints during later modifications.
This includes :
The new building is connected to the existing constructions via two walkways. This layout leads to a diversity of connections and differentiated flow management. It enables greater flexibility in the medical-technical unit and provides the possibility to install specific services on each floor.
The surgical day-hospital is designed to be ‘fast-track’. Compact and entirely located on the ground floor, on the same level as the main entrance, it only requires short distances to be covered by patients, on the same floor. It thus facilitates both interior communications (changing rooms / operating theatres / reawakening / rest) and internal movement. On top of this, the technical and logistical areas are located in the residual spaces, to the benefit of those areas dedicated to care. The central sterilisation unit is located above all of the services which depend on it. Waste materials are immediately evacuated via the basement levels.
The interior layout creates a timeless atmosphere – reflecting the state of mind of the occupants (personnel/patients) – characterised by the use of white and light grey, punctuated by a few touches of colour and of light wood motifs. Within the same concern for the psychological effect of colours, the notion of hygiene which is so central to the operating theatres, has been translated as blue/mauve. The ‘hope’ expressed by those in intensive care has been translated in green, and the ‘quality’ in yellow.