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The jointly developed concept for the new Felix Platter-Hospital building in Basel "HandinHand" was selected because of its subtle urban-planning approach, the efficient organization, the cost-effectiveness, and the high degree of flexibility in the structure of the rooms.
The Felix Platter-Hospital is one of the leading Swiss university centers for in-patient and out-patient geriatric medicine. However, the former building, opened in 1967, no longer adequately met the hospital’s current operational and structural needs. The aim of the competition was to find an overall urban planning concept for a more efficient hospital building and to explore the options for planning and developing the outdoor space that is now available.
Fulfilling the brief of designing a hospital for elderly patients, a four-story geriatric hospital building offering a total of 300 beds as well as extensive facilities for an out-patient clinic, a day unit, and a diagnostics department has been planned. The volume and height of the new building are designed to harmonize with the building height of the neighboring residential area and surround a protected central space with plenty of greenery. The recesses in the building lend form to its bulk and reference the surrounding urban fabric.