Ratchaphruek Hospital / Arsomsilp Group and Environmental Architect
Textual content description offered by the architects. Ratchaphruek Hospital’s journey started in 1994 as a registered 50-bed facility, incomes the belief of the area people for its high quality service. As demand grew, the hospital’s govt board launched into an formidable mission to assemble the brand new Ratchaphruek Hospital, situated only one kilometer away from the unique website, spanning roughly 4 acres. This enlargement led to the brand new 220-bed hospital that prioritizes creating an setting that calms and heals all its sufferers and customers.
The hospital design was impressed by the query, “What’s the hospital of your goals?” Folks from various backgrounds and professions shared a typical vision- a hospital shouldn’t be chaotic however slightly resemble a comforting dwelling. It ought to provide inexperienced areas, communal areas for actions, inspiring symbols, clear zoning, and pathways. The objective was to rework a doubtlessly fearful setting into a well-recognized dwelling, a “HOuSePITAL” embracing pure remedy and friendship remedy; in keeping with the saying by Somdet Phra Buddhaghosacariya P.A. Payutto, “Although the physique is unwell, the center nonetheless stays robust.” Furthermore, the design aimed to replicate the standard context of vernacular architectural knowledge throughout the northeastern a part of Thailand to create a home-like feeling for all Khon Kaen folks. Creating a way of consciousness of their authentic roots and shining gentle on their architectural knowledge.
Managing the size of the mission was a major problem. To melt the presence of 40,000 sq. meters of area unfold over 14 flooring to convey a house-like environment, the design incorporates a two-story construction round a central court docket, which instantly conveys a welcoming, house-like environment. The welcoming court docket acts as a navigation pillar for all guests that present them with data for clear and coherent circulation across the hospital to cut back confusion and stress for sufferers and guests. Moreover, to deal with these points, the architects used northeastern native knowledge, The design integrated northeastern architectural components, comparable to gable roofs, terraces, and lengthy eaves. They ensured spacious ready areas, making an allowance for the typical massive households and family members in northeaster tradition. The straightforward inner circulation lessens the confusion and stress created by hospitals and creates a way of familiarity.
Development and supplies embraced northeastern tradition with gable roofs, sun-like gables, and wooden finishings. The design launched a stacked roof model on the high and podium ranges to cut back the perceived massiveness of the constructing. Lengthy overhanging eaves had been employed to protect the construction from intense daylight and heavy rainfall to deal with the challenges posed by Thailand’s quickly altering local weather. The hospital incorporates an historical “Chaleo” sample into its design, derived from the traditional ritual normally embroidered on medical pots serving as a symbolic protect towards misfortune, and is used on the façade on the third and twelfth flooring.
The hospital’s infrastructure and format ensured ease of entry and circulation by means of two major entrances. The principle entrance, situated on the second ground, leads on to the Welcome Court docket, enveloped by a pure inexperienced space. A secondary entrance on the primary ground offers entry to the car parking zone, which additionally connects to the Welcome Court docket on the second ground. A crucial characteristic of the hospital’s design is the central court docket on the second ground, considered the center of the mission. This central court docket determines the route of entry to outpatient departments, such because the medical clinic, pediatric clinic, eye and E.N.T. clinic, obstetrics and gynecologist clinic, finance, and dishing out with distinct separation for all departments. Moreover, it provides seamless entry to the elevator corridor, guaranteeing ease of motion all through the power.
The hospital’s spatial configuration aimed to nurture the psychological well-being of sufferers and guests. The design embraced pure remedy ideas, incorporating inexperienced areas, water options, and pure air flow. The middle court docket, the center of the mission, serves because the outpatient zone and reception space on the second ground. The hospital additionally designed a rooftop backyard on the fifth ground to supply in-patients with a soothing and pure setting. To make sure the circulation areas provide a refreshing and nice expertise, air vents have been thoughtfully positioned at each ground stage for air flow. Moreover, varied flooring characteristic overflowing ponds and inexperienced areas, selling a way of calm and connectedness with nature and offering neighborhood area for employees, sufferers, and their households.