Hospital AZ Zeno

B2Ai architects as Temporary association BOECKX. - AAPROG - B2Ai

Ceci n’est pas un hôpital (but a healing environment)

A warm and human living environment close to nature gives patients the chance to heal faster. Several studies show that environmental factors such pleasant views, green, color, social activities, etc. can affect the healing process considerably.

Source: Design & Health - Alan Dilani


The temporary association AAPROG - BOECKX. - B2Ai won in 2007 the ambitious competition of vzw Gezondheidszorg Oostkust for a new hospital in Knokke-Heist on the Belgian coast. Ten years later, this futuristic building is to be built: it will be operational in April 2018.


Urban Planning

The grounds where the hospital will be built, extend to 20 hectares. The new health care facility contains a hospital, a rehabilitation centre, a care hotel, an outpatients’ clinic, lecture halls, public events spaces and a helipad. The challenges and ambitions of the new hospital range from being highly functional and future-oriented to sustainable and in any case, conserve the rural character of the environment.


Architecture

The new hospital, inspired on the works of René Magritte, seemingly levitates above the landscape and is dominated by nature and light as far as the rooms below the ground floor. The transition between outside and inside, between the care facilities and the public spaces is almost seamless resulting in an inviting and inspiring context of care. The design is a striking example of “living architecture”: sustainable design and construction with a special eye for integration in the natural landscape, ecological energy and materials used.

The particular approach from a true multi-disciplinary team means a break with the traditional approach in architecture and established a precedent in open consideration and collaboration at every level: from concept and design, planning, constructing to occupation and future evolution. The design team achieved a true breakthrough away from the tradition of hospitals as functional boxes with sterile spaces and instead focused on harmonising medical functions, personal relief and comfort and social interaction.


Engineering

A clear choice has been made to use sustainable and energy saving measures, without compromising on the high comfort requirements. Among other things a biomass boiler, cogeneration and borehole energy storage contribute to sustainable energy generation. Ingenium is responsible for the study of the complete technical equipment of the building, and also for the commissioning in the new hospital. For this in-depth tests are carried out that exceed those of a normal delivery. Special attention is also paid to the operation and interaction of the installations, technical and structural, after commissioning., as to the maintenance contracts of the different technical installations.

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AZ ZENO

Modular Lighting Instruments as Lighting manufacturer

The new hospital, inspired on the works of René Magritte, seemingly levitates above the landscape and is dominated by nature and light as far as the rooms below the ground floor. The transition between outside and inside, between the care facilities and the public spaces is almost seamless resulting in an inviting and inspiring context of care. The design is a striking example of “living architecture”: sustainable design and construction with a special eye for integration in the natural landscape, ecological energy and materials used.

 

Modular Lighting Instruments designed lighting for waiting rooms, hallways and auditoriums.

 

Products used:

K72

K120

SLD50

SL Micro

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Hygienic solutions saving water and energy

GROHE as Manufacturers

An ultra-modern building complex was built tohouse the new AZ Zeno hospital. The architects' ambitious plan was to create a place where patients, visitors and staff are all comfortable and where high-quality care is cultivated. Architecturally, it is suspended above the landscape and the architecture is meant to contribute to the healing process.


The contactless GROHE Eurosmart CE and Eurosmart Cosmopolitan E are intelligent solutions in hospitals, where hygiene regulations are extremely important. Due to the seamless transition between body and spout, they can also be cleaned easily. Efficient technologies help conserve water and energy and are in line with the concept of the hospital, which has stringent environment-protection guidelines. The extra GROHE Europlus single-lever sink mixer with pullout dual rinsing spray is robust for use in large kitchens and incredibly comfortable.

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