Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo
Architects of RHDHV and Mecanoo collaborated on the sketch design for Zaans Medical Center. The ZMC is the first hospital in the Netherlands, which has been designed using the Lean-method. This means considering added value for the patient and preventing waste of time, space, materials and money during the whole design process.
RHDHV provided expertise in the areas of architecture, urbanism, landscape, interior, hospital logistics and programming, lean management and cost management in collaboration with Mecanoo to work towards an intergrated coherent design.
An efficient and compact building in which professional healthcare and a personal approach strengthen each other was the result. One main, recognizable axis through the center of the building connects the different functions.
Feeling at home in a hospital is not obvious. Certainly if you are sick, awaiting test results or coming to visit a sick family member. Therefore clear routing, an abundance of daylight, and positive distractions can contribute to an environment that does not feel like a hospital, but as a place that promotes wellbeing.
The clear stacking of two floors of outpatient clinics, two floors of clinical departments and a flexible facility layer between them, optimally serves the primary care processes.Whenever possible, the outpatient clinics and nursing departments are standardised, allowing for exchangeability and adaptability. The Zaans Medical Centre is therefore flexible and future-proof.
The patient experience played a crucial role in the design process. The spacious multi-storey lobby has the feel of a welcoming public building. Semi-circular voids and skylights, the use of wood, good acoustics and unobstructed views of the surroundings provide a pleasant atmosphere. Calm colours, a homely décor, lots of green inside and out, with daylight entering through windows on to the floor.
All these aspects help people to feel more comfortable and experience less stress. For patients staying at the hospital this can even lead to less medication, less pain and accelerate recovery.
Adjacent to the Zaans Medical Centre lies a health boulevard with a rehabilitation hotel, a pharmacy, an eye clinic, various shops, a supermarket and a parking garage, designed to function as a small town. The smart combination of the medical centre and related healthcare services results in a health district for Zaandam and the region.