gmp, the architectural practice founded by Meinhard von Gerkan, recently completed construction of a treatment centre in Wuzhen, 100 km southwest of Shanghai.
Renowned for its stone bridges and canals, the city is a candidate Unesco World Heritage Site, and the theme of the “water city” provided the architects with their inspiration. The medical park is located three km outside the city and consists of two or three storey high courtyard buildings arranged around a central lake in an extensive park.
The Medical Park, which will specialise in neurology and orthopaedics, has a sumptuous reception building to the southwest containing offices and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace. In addition to the entrance building, the development includes the medical departments and wards, treatment rooms, a gymnasium, patient rooms, a cafeteria and residential buildings for the staff. Various different functions are distributed in the buildings that dot the park, linked to one another directly or via outdoor pathways.
The organisation of these outdoor pathways and their relationship with the landscape are important aspects of the project. The architects have designed inviting promenades with bridges and pathways by the water to encourage patients to socialise and spend time outdoors.
Design: gmp Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz
Project leader, competition: Johann von Mansberg
Competition team: Philipp Buschmeyer, Christian Machnacki, Fernando Nassare
Project leaders, implementation: Niklas Veelken, Chen Yue, Kristin Schoyerer
Implementation team: Jan Deml, Yana Espanner, Maarten Harms, Bjoern Homann, Anna Jordan, Liu Yiangjao, Wang Yue, Wu Di, Xue Jing, Thilo Zehme, Zhou Bin
Location: Wuzhen, Cina
Images courtesy of gmp, photo © Christian Gahl