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New-build project at Aarau Cantonal Hospital

"Dreiklang" (triad) – three dimensions in harmony. The concept divides the new building into three independent, easily accessible main areas: outpatient clinics, functional areas and wards. Combined, these areas in turn create a simple, easy-to-understand structure. The project follows the principle of short distances for staff and patients, ensuring that medical care is efficient and highly flexible.

It is thanks to this concept that the “Dreiklang” project by working group Burckhardt+Partner and wörner traxler richter came out ahead in a multi-stage competition for overall project management.

Inpatient and outpatient areas, and their traffic flows, will be separated from one another by a central boulevard. At the heart of the building, this four-storey boulevard connects all areas, helping patients, visitors and members of staff alike to find their way around. In addition, open connecting stairways and atria promote networking among the individual departments.

Existing buildings which currently fragment the hospital park into different areas will be demolished, allowing the green spaces to be enlarged and redesigned. Located in the middle of this municipal park, the hospital will appear as a large, public pavilion. The portico in front of the hospital, standing for openness, will become the building’s landmark.

The architectural precision of the new building embodies the hospital’s high degree of medical expertise and provides reassurance to patients.

The cosy design of the interior spaces, featuring natural materials and soft colours, creates a feeling of calmness and security. Elements like the windows in patient rooms with seating areas and high-quality wooden materials form part of the “healing architecture”, supporting the healing process.

Client
Kantonsspital Aarau AG

Contractor
Sole contractor: consortium Marti / BAM

Period
2019–2024

Task
Architecture

Cooperation
wörner traxler richter, Frankfurt am Main

Visualisations
Ponnie Images

 

Floor area
110,000m2

In-patient beds
472

Day hospital places
130

Operating theatres
18