Two boxes stacked aloft
Tartu University Hospital Extension includes three new expandable units for the hospital complex, which was built over a number of decades. Two new units, the children’s hospital and outpatient surgery, are accommodated in the extension of this clinic.
The various buildings designed and built in their time, showcase a variety of architectural styles and materials. This project is a continuation of the previous attempt to combine existing architectural elements and create a harmonious whole. The extension is designed with a lofty, triple-volume atrium between the two so-called “towers.” One of the main concepts was to create a long gallery to the rear of the building to ease the logistics of the entire hospital complex. The linear accelerators for the radiotherapy department are situated beneath the atrium on the basement floor.
All personnel circulation, as well as material flow for the hospital has been placed in a new “internal street” between two, eight-story wings. The new buildings include facilities designed for cardiology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, endoscopy, hospital pharmacy, laboratories, as well as a new radiotherapy department. New wards accommodate around 260 beds. Furthermore, all wards have teaching facilities for the University of Tartu Faculty of Medicine.
AW2’s intervention has received positive feedback from patients at the Tartu University Hospital. A parent of one of the patients wrote: “I was in hospital with my child and I’d like to say that this building is architecturally beautiful. The views of the inner corridors, lobby, and the hall were very calming and healing with lots of palm trees. We walked around the building every day. Thank you once again for a pleasant hospital experience!”
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Tartu University Hospital Extension
Ludvig Puusepa 8, Tartu, Estonia
AW2 Architects, Helsinki, Finland
Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Bozen, Italy
2012 – 2015
Swisspearl Largo Carat Onyx 7099, Jade 7052
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