There exists a paradox in healthcare design. Cutting edge medical interventions that are used to help patients are fit into a standardized design that lacks consideration for the patient experience and is in turn harming the patients; specifically in the ICU. Architecture should take a new approach to design challenges around the current customary hospital design.
The proposed site is in Al-Olaya district, the heart and soul of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is a compacted modernized urban development with hospitals following the standardized healthcare design, where the indoor atmosphere is mechanical, clinical and unnatural. Saudi Arabia’s Government Vision 2030 plan sets out to improve the quality of health care in the country and finding ways to improve lifestyle by developing an ecosystem that boost citizens’ and residents’ participation in cultural and environment activities, thus providing an incentive for the project.
The project aims to provide a new blueprint for healthcare design; a patient experience centered long term ICU building to be connected to the existing hospital on-site. The design uses phenomenological mapping to enrich patient experience, while also enhancing the urban fabric of the site and taking into consideration the desert climate of the region plus the safety requirements of healthcare design.