Health Care

  Perspective Children Hospital Copyright: Nikolai Schulte  

Many hospitals in Germany were built in the 1960s to the 1970s. The main idea was to develop a rational, functional and compact hospital structure. In many large cities in Germany there are either complex and large-scale hospital buildings or structures that have grown out of historical holdings, which can be expanded, rebuilt or modernized as needed (Nickl-Weller and Nickl, 2015).

Short distances enable efficient hospital logistics and foster interdisciplinary exchange. Nowadays, the focus of hospital architecture is on people again, so the challenge in the planning, conversion or expansion phase will be to design a building structure that is responsive to change, that is flexible, efficient, and patient and employee friendly (cf. Weller, 2017). Thus, the task of architecture is to combine the permanent and the changeable and to ensure the foundations of general human requirements in the long term.

 

Today, the focus of hospital architecture is on people again, so the challenge in the planning, remodeling or expansion phase will be to design a responsive building structure that is flexible, efficient and patient and employee friendly. Thus, the task of architecture is to combine the permanent and the changeable and to ensure the foundations of general human requirements in the long term. Based on an empirical investigation and evaluation of hospital projects in Germany and in an international comparison, the aim of the research work is to develop a tool that can be used early in planning practice and can sustainably optimize the planning process.