Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Hospital

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Perkins Eastman provided architectural and interior design for a new 65,000 sm (700,000 sf) 248-bed medical facility that reflects the unique healthcare requirements in the United Arab Emirates. The major specialty program elements include oncology, cardiology, trauma center, and emergency department. The six-story structure incorporates the latest international design and medical planning solutions while reflecting the unique terrain, culture, customs, and history specific to the region.

The design team looked to the surrounding natural environment for inspiration and sought building forms and materials that would form a meaningful connection to the site—rich with natural amenities including dramatic red sand dunes and lush desert foliage. The undulating desert sand and groves of drought-resistant plants required careful consideration from both an ecological and sustainable standpoint. The exterior features a combination of stone, glass, and metal while the interiors maintain the desert palette with the addition of bright colors. A welcoming environment that is functional and efficient without compromising aesthetics was the ultimate objective. Overall, the design is modern, flexible, and sensitively integrated within the natural environment.

This project is a joint venture between Perkins Eastman and Bayaty Architects.
AWARDS
MEED Quality Awards for Projects, UAE National Social Project of the Year (2014)
Press
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