OMA / Reinier De Graaf and Squint/Opera Release Video of New Hospital Prototype

Updated: Apr 13

The Al Daayan Health District presents the perfect opportunity. Located on a 1.3-million-sqm virgin site between Qatar University and the new Lusail City, it offers the possibility for a new symbiosis between architecture and medical science.

A tertiary teaching hospital, a women’s and children’s hospital, and an ambulatory diagnostics center, with a total capacity of 1,400 beds are joined into a single structure. Clinical facilities occupy the first floor; bed wards are located on the ground floor, reducing the dependency on elevators and allowing patients to enjoy the complex’s generous gardens – healing spaces with a long history in Islamic medical architecture.

Cross-shaped modular units, prefabricated on-site, can be reconfigured and expanded with minimal disruption to ongoing processes, significantly lowering the cost of future adaptations. 3D printing allows for endless variations in the design of the facades, reintroducing ornament in an architectural typology usually characterized by austerity.

A high-tech farm supplies food and medicinal plants for the local production of medicine. All supporting facilities are connected to the hospitals by an automated underground circulation system. A dedicated logistics center and solar farm enable the district to function autonomously.

The Al Daayan Health District was commissioned by Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar’s premier not-for-profit healthcare provider. Build-able at low cost, with minimum reliance on global supply chains, it aims to establish itself as a prototype that can be adopted globally – an alternative to prevailing hospital models developed in the West.

Watch the video:

Project: Al Daayan Health District

Location: Qatar

Design House: OMA

Design Team : Reinier De Graaf

Photography: Adrienne Norman


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