The Arena in Diriyah

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The Arena in Diriyah Celebrating History, Culture and Legacy

Diriyah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Challenge

Wanting to attract people to congregate and celebrate at the birthplace of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—Diriyah, the City of Earth—the Diriyah Gate Company Limited challenged HKS to create a technologically advanced, globally significant arena that is a timeless representation of its place, geology and culture. 

The Design Solution

The Arena in Diriyah is designed for residents of the Kingdom and visitors alike—for all who want to connect with Nadji culture and its architectural heritage. HKS’ design builds upon this legacy while setting the stage for a healthy, resilient, digital future. The design team embedded international best practices, innovative technologies, and high-performance energy targets into the project.

The architecture is a composition of stone monoliths that simultaneously evokes local geological formations and ancient Najdi forts and palaces. The arena rises from the landscape and a series of “digital waterfalls” animated by light glow between them. The visual energy of the waterfalls serves as a beacon drawing guests to the dynamic experience inside.

Every guest of the Arena in Diriyah will enjoy the highest caliber entertainment experience. Interior designers conducted extensive user research to connect with the local audience. The arena is designed to host myriad events, and quickly transforms to accommodate events ranging from intimate concerts to major international sporting events.

The Design Impact

Architecture and design play a key role in connecting people to a place and to one another.  The Arena in Diriyah will unite people in a shared sense of cultural experience and offer a harmonious blend of heritage and innovation while stimulating tourism and economic growth.

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“The Arena in Diriyah is a cornerstone element of our mission to blend tradition with innovation. It exemplifies Diriyah’s unique lifestyle offering that harmonizes community, culture, and natural connection, setting a new standard for world-class destinations rooted in Saudi heritage.”

Jerry Inzerillo, Group CEO of Diriyah Company

Seven Considerations for Health Care Design in the Middle East 

Seven Considerations for Health Care Design in the Middle East 

The Middle East is steeped in rich heritage and cultural subtleties, so designing the region’s next generation of health care facilities requires a nuanced approach. Each year, the Global Health Exhibition in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, brings health care professionals together to connect and drive health care innovation in the region. Please visit global design firm HKS at our booth at Riyadh Front Exhibition and Conference Center from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, 2023, as we reflect on the various ways HKS addresses key Middle Eastern cultural and environmental characteristics through our award-winning health care designs. 

Responding to the Climate with Vernacular Architecture 

With temperatures hovering at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the shade for more than half the year, a building’s orientation is one of our first considerations when planning new structures. The site location of Kuwait Children’s Hospital required the HKS team to design patient windows to face east and west. Solar studies were performed to create sophisticated shading systems on both sides of the building to not only reduce solar gain but also reduce glare and enhance comfort within patient rooms. Catwalks on every other floor allow easy cleaning of the windows and shading systems after humid dust storms characteristic of the region. Canopies over outdoor respite areas are necessary for a large portion of the year, and HVAC systems need to be powerful, durable and efficient to minimize energy consumption. 

Water is a Precious Commodity in the Desert 

Because much of the region relies on desalination plants to provide water, irrigation is strictly regulated. Through the use of regional plant life such as Ghaf trees, we provide xeriscaping to minimize water usage. On-site water recycling plants efficiently irrigate green spaces. 

During transportation, water is warmed by intense heat and must be cooled before use. Brutal sunlight means that roof storage isn’t an option for cooling. Some jurisdictions, such as Kuwait, require water be stored in subterranean tanks or cooling towers before it is distributed. Pumps are then required to move water to its destination. Further, the use of large water features is discouraged due to the high evaporation ratio year-round. 

Designing for Cultural Subtleties and Privacy 

The Middle East can appear to be one large desert to some, but each country has specific cultural interests. Some countries are more conservative than others, and thus, understanding how varying cultural and religious customs can affect traffic patterns throughout a hospital is important. For example, some hospitals may include separate waiting rooms for men and women or an emergency room with an entrance split in different directions for men and women. Prayer rooms for men and women, and sometimes even mosques, are incorporated into convenient locations of our designs. 

Some clients prefer traditional architecture to help patients feel comfortable, especially as health care can be a sensitive topic in the Middle East — many patients prefer not to share details about their health. Health care facilities such as Prince Sattam University Hospital in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia, are in conservative agricultural areas outside of urban centers. Sensitivity to the local community is important, so the team focused on developing a design that utilizes local stone for the exterior facades. To reduce the sense of anxiety while providing familiarity to the agriculture community, the project was organized around a wadi, or valley, including natural elements that blend into the lobby. The National Rehabilitation Clinic (NRC) in Abu Dhabi also employs vernacular architecture to ease anxiety.

Planning for Large Families

Families tend to be larger in the Middle East than in western countries, and rather than one or two visitors, a patient might receive six or eight at a time. Patient rooms are designed with patient, caregiver and family zones, and public areas are designed to accommodate multiple families. 

Incorporating amenities in public spaces is a priority. Kuwait Children’s Hospital’s five-story atrium stretches nearly 1,500 feet and includes a hollow whale where movies are played, cafes, and other elements that blend health care, hospitality, and retail. We developed outdoor courtyards for Prince Sattam University and the NRC to allow families, or even patients, to walk away and take a break from the hospital. 

Sustainability

Rising energy costs and a harsh climate mean that sustainability is being pushed to the forefront of the region’s unique challenges. Dubai, for example, requires a sustainability checklist when submitting building permits, and other countries require a minimum of LEED-Silver equivalent design for government hospital projects. Our exterior design for Prince Sattam resulted in a 30% reduction of energy. Designers must continue to encourage clients and peers to support energy efficient initiatives. 

Rapid Growth 

The Middle East has a large middle-income class with growing expectations, and HKS is creating the next generation of health care facilities to meet the region’s needs. Dubai and some other cities have almost quadrupled in size over the last 20 years, and health care investment is struggling to keep pace. 

Private providers are beginning to invest in new facilities. Hospitals such as Danat Al Emarat, a private maternity hospital, are successful examples of an efficient and financially responsible project meeting the needs of Abu Dhabi. HKS has been involved with several teaching hospital campuses, including CapitalMED Medical City in Egypt and Prince Sattam University Hospital, in the ongoing challenge to meet the region’s demand for experienced physicians.  

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King’s College Hospital Jeddah

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King’s College Hospital Jeddah Offering High Quality Care with Local Aesthetics

Jeddah, Saudia Arabia

The Challenge

As part of the Government of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Healthcare Sector Transformation Programme, King’s College Hospital Jeddah is the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to be truly integrated with the world class physicians and research from King’s College Hospital (KCH) London. Established in 1840, KCH London is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK, with a long history of successfully caring for patients with complex conditions.

It is envisaged that King’s College Hospital will draw and retain the most talented healthcare staff and bring the highest quality of care, and subsequently positive patient outcomes, making King’s College Hospital the hospital of choice for Jeddah and its surrounds. Building on the success of the recently completed King’s College Hospital Dubai, KCH Jeddah was envisioned to be focused on clinical innovation with hospitality-like patient services.

The hospital is located along King Abdulaziz Road, a major artery in Jeddah, which is along the path of the Muslims’ annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The tight site in a congested area brought difficulties in creating access and circulation points during construction.

The Design Solution

Taking cues from the ageless quality and vibrant characteristics of Jeddah, the objective was to design a modern medical facility that provides the highest quality care and experience for patients, families, and staff. The grand main entrance was a vital element in creating a unique visitor experience. The heavily glazed exterior facades provide a hospitality-like ambiance consistent with the five-star treatment within.

The patient-centred care model is designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the residents and communities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The hospital is fully integrated with KCH London, offering 24-hour primary care, a full range of outpatient care services and select inpatient services. In addition to locally based physicians, senior KCH physicians from London and Dubai will offer virtual consultations for complex cases. There is also a visiting physicians and surgeon programme with some of KCH’s top surgeons and physicians visiting KCH Jeddah.

Interior spaces are designed for an upscale user experience, creating patient comfort and safety with high-end quality environment with hospitality-like amenities. Using the interior branding established at KCH Dubai, the colour scheme emphasises the sense of community and culture. The warm tones in the palette compliment the wooden Rawashins dotting the city, with sea foam accents marking the entryways.

The Design Impact

King’s College Hospital Jeddah, with the support of King’s College Hospital London, has a world leading position in health care and therapeutic institutes. The London and Jeddah hospitals share knowledge from established research centres in the UK, which reduces the need for patients to travel to the UK for specialty treatment.

The sophisticated design and world-class healthcare services provided here draw and retain the most talented staff to provide the highest quality of care. The resulting positive patient outcomes will make it the hospital of choice for Jeddah and its surrounding communities.

KCH Jeddah is expected to be the first of many similar projects, providing King’s College Hospital the platform for further growth in KSA.

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“During the design process, HKS demonstrated their deep knowledge of healthcare planning and design, and worked effectively and collaboratively with all stakeholders, including our clinical teams from King’s College Hospital, London.”

Kevin L. Duffy, Chief Construction Officer
King’s College Hospital Jeddah

Confidential Wellness Center

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Confidential Wellness Center Designing a Holistic Haven for Healing: A Healthy Environment for Mind, Body, and Spirit

Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Challenge

The challenge for HKS designers was to convert a low-end retail mall nestled within the heart of Jeddah city into a tranquil, holistic wellness center that integrates itself within the context of the city. The vision is to create a state-of-the-art, patient-centered health care facility that prioritizes overall well-being through a holistic approach to medicine and wellness, catering to the diverse needs of the local population and visitors.

The Design Solution

Healing by Design is an approach that prioritizes the well-being of patients by incorporating elements of nature, culture, and tradition to enhance the healing process. In this wellness center, the building design deeply embeds itself into the cultural fabric of Jeddah, paying homage to the identity, culture, and tradition of Islam. Each space has been carefully crafted to achieve a balance between the traditional and the contemporary, creating an elevated experience for patients. The design is defined by Jeddah’s strong connection to the coast, with a soothing ambience created by a soft, muted material palette that references the coastal hues and vernacular architecture. The center also prioritizes sustainable design, with the strategic use of gardens and openings to naturally ventilate and cool the building, and ample daylighting used to brighten the interior spaces.

The Design Impact

The wellness center is dedicated to promoting a holistic understanding of wellness and encourages individuals to adopt lifestyles that prioritize their overall well-being. This philosophy is reflected in the center’s planning and design, as mental and social wellness are emphasized through the establishment of mental health clinics, while physical wellness is advocated through the inclusion of an indoor gymnasium with direct access to an outdoor sports garden. Additionally, the center nurtures spiritual well-being by integrating mindfulness spaces where patients can engage in meditative practices, promoting a holistic and comprehensive approach to healing.

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Skyiera Mixed-Use Master Plan

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Skyiera Mixed-Use Master Plan Creating a Cultural Destination within New Cairo

New Cairo, Egypt

The Challenge

The client noticed a lack of connectivity and community-focused destinations within the sporadically developed New Cairo. HKS was tasked with designing a masterplan that supported the creation of inviting and functional public spaces with the right amenities and cultural attractions. The well-being of residents and the success of a region was dependent on the development of vibrant and livable communities.

The Design Solution

In response, HKS designed a new 1 million square meter (11.7 million sf) masterplan that incorporated a variety of uses such as a business hub, world-class retail center and two hotels with branded residences to attract a diverse range of visitors.

One of the most important elements of the masterplan is Nile Park, with plenty of green space, seating areas, playgrounds and recreational facilities. It serves as a vital community resource, providing a place for people to gather, relax and enjoy the outdoors. Within the park, a 2,000-seat performing arts theatre serves as a cultural destination and hosts a wide variety of performances and events throughout the year, becoming a key anchor for the community.

The Design Impact

Skyiera creates a vibrant and livable community that includes the infrastructure, amenities and attractions necessary to support a diverse range of residents and visitors. Providing spaces for work, play and cultural enrichment, the masterplan would be a major step towards building a sustainable and successful community in New Cairo.

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Confidential Outpatient Clinic

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Confidential Outpatient Clinic Inspired by a Deep Coastal Heritage, a New Place for Healing

Sharma, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Challenge

HKS designers were asked to to elevate the aesthetic look for a new outpatient facility that proudly embodies and highlights the coastal heritage and cultural identity of the land in Saudi Arabia, creating a truly transformative and symbolic addition to the community.

The Design Solution

With a design that seamlessly integrates screens, layers, and traditional architectural elements such as arches, details, and textures, the new building will tell the story of the land and its people. The building’s coastal location is imbued with a sense of healing, as the rhythm of the sea and the charm of the coast come together to create an uplifting atmosphere of rejuvenation and regeneration. The architecture and placemaking are deeply rooted in a strong sense of cultural identity and heritage, offering patients a unique and transformative healing experience, while elevating its healthcare services as well.

The Design Impact

The new outpatient health facility stands as the epitome of advanced medical care in the Sharma region, boasting state-of-the-art technology and services. Its design, which seamlessly blends physical, visual, and abstract connections to its natural surroundings, creates an atmosphere of serenity and tranquility that is palpable throughout the building. The connection to nature has a palpable impact on patients and visitors, reducing feelings of anxiety and stress, and fostering an environment that promotes health and healing in every sense of the word.

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AMAALA Triple Bay Master Plan

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AMAALA Triple Bay Master Plan A Luxurious Landmark Hospitality Destination on the Red Sea

Triple Bay, Saudi Arabia

The Challenge

Amaala will offer an experiential lifestyle choice to discerning visitors to Saudi Arabia to help boost domestic tourism and become the newest destination on the jet-setter map. Amaala’s vision looks to create a landmark hospitality destination on the shores of the Red Sea, serving as a bridge between land and sea to provide a home away from home for global travelers and the international yachting fraternities. As envisioned in the Vision 2030 strategy, the project looked to support the diversification of Saudi Arabia’s leisure and tourism industry, while promoting cultural conservation, ecological preservation and sustainability.

The Design Solution

Designed by HKS and with interior design by ROAM, Amaala is an ultra-luxury development that is part of an integrated approach to developing Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast focusing on wellness, healthy living and meditation. The beacon of the island will be the arts village, dedicated to the best in Saudi and international art. The Cradle of Art will host various types of events in its dramatic natural landscape including staged concerts, Cirque du Soleil, art car shows, fashion shows and grand functions that run effortlessly in this multi-functional, fully adaptable space.

The master plan responds to the topography of the land and places the various island offerings in their own secluded pieces of paradise. Drawing design inspiration from two sets of geometry, HKS designers first looked to the unique rock formations on the Saudi Red Sea coastline to create the club’s bespoke cantilevered terraces, which echo the natural shape of the surrounding cliffs, eroded over time by wind and sea. Comprised of 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) of beautiful unspoiled island landscape, Amaala stands out for its natural diversity and unique heritage that offers several stunning geological and historical sites, such as Madain Saleh and Al-Ula. Further, the Red Sea Coral Reef offers a unique and protected eco-system to explore and appeal to visitors as one of the world’s last remaining pristine marine ecosystems.

The development boasts an eclectic mix of galleries, ateliers, artisan workshops and bespoke retail shops supported by a wide range of international and local signature dining venues.

A Public Investment Fund company and a key contributor to Vision 2030, Amaala will establish new standards in luxury and wellness. The project is the latest ‘giga-project’ in support of Vision 2030 to promote economic diversification by promoting cultural conservation, ecological preservation and sustainability. Amaala will be powered by 100% renewable energy for which the resulting saving in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere is equivalent to nearly half a million tons each year. The destination will operate with a zero-carbon footprint once fully operational. As part of a new Red Sea ecosystem, the project is a part of NEOM and the Red Sea Project. All developments on the Red Sea are intended to co-exist in a complementary manner to cover different target audiences by providing different offerings to match their needs, futuristic business and industrial zones.

The Design Impact

Amaala is on track to be a significant driver of domestic and foreign direct investment, stimulating economic growth and job creation on Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast. Developed over three sites located within the Natural Reserves, the project is expected to generate 22,000 jobs across hospitality and tourism, leisure and retail, in addition to the opportunities created in construction and ancillary industries.

Project Features

Amaala will awaken the world’s imagination by rephrasing the current concept of the luxury tourism experience, especially in terms integrative wellness, specialty treatments and related recreational offerings.

Chief Executive Officer of AMAALA

AMAALA Triple Bay Marina Yacht Club

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AMAALA Triple Bay Marina Yacht Club New Saudi Arabian Yacht Club Offers Guests Unique Luxury Experience

Triple Bay, Saudi Arabia

The Challenge

The AMAALA Triple Bay Marina Yacht Club seeks to provide guests with uniquely memorable experiences in a spectacular setting. HKS designers had the task of designing a brand new, state-of-the-art facility with exceptional architectural design that surrounds members and guests in a contemporary yachting lifestyle experience. 

Designers also faced the challenge of designing a building that forms a gateway to the Red Sea, allowing the public access to the waterfront and marina views without exclusion. The Yacht Club sits at the heart of the Marina village community, combining a luxury members club with an active urban realm, and serves as a home-away-from home for local and global travelers as well as international yachting fraternities.

The Design Solution

AMAALA’s new Yacht Club is a keystone development with a captivating free-flowing structure that delivers a one-of-a-kind meeting point between land and sea.

Drawing creative inspiration from two sets of geometry, the HKS design team first looked to the unique rock formations on the Saudi Red Sea coastline to create the club’s bespoke cantilevered terraces, which echo the natural shape of the surrounding cliffs. The second inspiration is drawn from mankind’s relationship with the sea and maritime history. This nautical edge will ensure the building sits seamlessly within the marina as a central hub and focal point.

Alongside the ‘sea meets-land’ concept, the design references the notion of a traditional Arabian house with a simple, smooth white exterior that reveals luxurious metal externally and a rich palette of natural and locally sourced materials internally such as stone, timber and leather. The building’s position at the center of the marina village acts as a meeting place for visitors arriving from land and sea. The 360-degree nature of the building means all servicing is handled at the basement level, the ground floor arrival level is the start of a luxurious guest journey, and the Venetian style grand stair leads guests up to lounges, bars and restaurants at the upper levels. The building’s geometry marks the transition from the desert and mountains inland to the open sea and horizon beyond. Covering 7,900 sqm (85,034 sf) and set on four levels, the ultra-luxurious club creates a home-like environment for its members to do business, relax, entertain or participate in a calendar of yachting events.

Whether traveling by land or sea, that arrival moment is a special one for Triple Bay guests. The entrance is set within an arch that forms a shaded plaza and frames dramatic views of the Red Sea. The area has a mirrored vaulted ceiling over a star-lit floor, which creates an alternative night sky for guests in the evening.

The interior of the club — designed by ROAM — is as visually stimulating as the exterior, with unparalleled attention to detail to ensure guests remain connected to the landscapes around them. Using local materials with a focus on stone, timber and metals and embracing a luxurious brass champagne color scheme, the interior design helps the bars, lounges and the signature restaurant to blend seamlessly into an infinity loop-shaped journey through the club.

Triple Bay spans three natural bays along the coastline. The destination is designed to create a one-of-a-kind global wellness hub and is underpinned by a commitment to sustainable development. The entire development is targeting a minimum LEED Gold standard for environmental sustainability with the yacht club designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

The Design Impact

AMAALA is a core component of the Vision 2030 strategy to diversify the Saudi Arabian economy by fostering rapid growth in the tourism sector. The project is expected to create approximately 50,000 new direct, indirect and induced jobs for Saudis, as well as nearly 11 billion riyals to the country’s GDP once it is fully operational.

Project Features

We anticipate that AMAALA will become an international hub for luxury yachting, and as such, the yacht club required a world-class design, influenced by the surrounding natural elements and Arabic heritage, and underpinned by our commitment to sustainability.

CEO, AMAALA.

Danat Al Emarat Women and Children’s Hospital, Phase 2

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Danat Al Emarat Women and Children’s Hospital, Phase 2 Expansion of Danat Al Emarat Women and Children's Hospital Brings New Features

Abu Dhabi Gate City, Abu Dhabi

The Challenge

The success of the HKS-designed world-class Phase I portion of the women and children’s hospital, with its elegant look and premium amenities, has led to dramatically increased patient volumes. Managers at DAE again called on HKS to design an additional hospital tower that would increase the hospital’s capacity and expand its medical services while maintaining its acclaimed luxury environment.

The Design Solution

The new, six-story South Tower will add 72 new beds, bringing the hospital’s overall total to 225. This expansion, with hospitality inspired inpatient rooms will include LDRs, Post-Partum and Pediatric Rooms.  A high-tech operating theater and a maternity assessment unit are incorporated into the LDR unit, to provide a seamless care environment. Outpatient Clinics are incorporated in the expansion, with the addition of 33 Women’s and Pediatric Consult Rooms, so that follow up and return visits are convenient for families, staff and patients. The new phase will also feature a larger pharmacy, as well as renovations and expansion to the existing North Tower NICU, SCBU and HDU. This will increase premature baby care to 34 infants. As in the North Tower, the new South Tower rooms will have enlarged spaces to comfortably accommodate patients’ families and supporters.

In addition to the patient rooms, the ground level of the new tower will feature the outpatient pharmacy with a visible street presence as well as an interior lobby entrance. The ground level will also have multi-purpose rooms, a retail bakery and café and a male and female prayer room.

On Level 1, a bridge connecting the North and South Towers will have split traffic flow, with one side for patients and staff and the other side for the public.

The Design Impact

In addition to increasing its profile as a health facility jewel in that region of the world, the expansion and renovation of DAE will mean the addition of more than 500 employees, including 100 doctors and 200 nurses.

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Almoosa Specialist Hospital Bed Tower Expansion

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Almoosa Specialist Hospital Bed Tower Expansion Majestic Saudi Arabian Hospital Tower Is Beacon of Health Care Excellence

Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

The Challenge

Almoosa Specialist Hospital’s has a mission to provide the Al-Ahsa community and the Saudi Arabia Eastern region with world-class health care and patient experience, a mission since Almoosa became Al-Ahsa’s first private hospital in 1996.

With 240 beds, ambulatory care and specialist clinics, Almoosa remains one of the largest hospitals in the region. Almoosa focuses on patient-centered care, with highly qualified medical, technical and administrative staff using the latest equipment to keep pace with high expectations of visitors from all regions of the Kingdom and neighboring Gulf Region.

HKS was challenged to design an addition that would double the hospital’s size and depict the highest level of specialist care for the region.  This exceptional specialist hospital would integrate community context and culture, all on a tight urban site.

The Design Solution

The 699,654-square-foot (65,000-square-meter), 220-bed north tower expansion houses centers of excellence for:  cardiology, oncology, neuroscience, orthopedics, surgery, burn and intensive care. The facility features the latest technologies including:  a hybrid OR, cath lab, clean room pharmacy, large clinic lab, linear accelerator and invasive/noninvasive cardiac diagnostics. Other amenities include health and wellness medical retail, oncology radiation therapy, a 500-car parking deck, simulation training lab and teaching auditorium. Programming, Planning and Design were developed concurrently to streamline the process effectively.

The building embraces Al-Ahsa community and Almoosa brand.  Public spaces on the ground level unfold even before entering the building.  A three-story high glass façade graciously welcomes visitors into the building.  The ground level hosts food, retail and respite spaces, reinforcing a sense of hospitality and reducing anxiety upon arrival.

Interior Design places emphasis on intuitive wayfinding.  Apparent upon arrival are the information desk and wood clad elevators, easily recognized as visitors move through the building.  For those seeking respite, private seating near a serene curtain of water sets lobby backdrop and daylight filters through a tall wood screening wall along the building’s glass façade, creating comfortable spaces inspired by nature.

Almoosa’s emblem, the local Sidra tree, is a symbol of life and nurturing care for patients, visitors and the local community. Influences of the Sidra tree are found in the building’s gentle curving façade and throughout the interior architecture. An art glass Sidra tree greets visitors upon arrival and again in tryptic art glass panels at clinic reception areas.  Protective tree canopies inspired punched metal ceilings create dappled light at public elevator vestibules and reappear at patient room headwalls. In waiting areas and in patient rooms, features referencing nature continue to soothe anxiety and reinforce the Almoosa brand.

The Design Impact

The 17-story medical tower is the tallest hospital in Al-Ahsa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its majesty is seen for miles and the gleaming structure portrays the level of care within, representing a beacon of hope for health care and wellness for the community. The podium conforms to the street level facades are in character with the neighborhood and in contemporary style.

Almoosa remains a leading teaching hospital.  State-of-the-art auditorium spaces and simulation teaching rooms fuel future generations of medical excellence in the Al-Ahsa region. Additional gestures of hospitality are visible in the top-level restaurant overlooking all of Al-Ahsa, the only accommodation of its kind in the region.

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Kuwait Children’s Hospital

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Kuwait Children’s Hospital On the Way to Becoming the World’s Largest Children’s Hospital

Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Challenge

To design the largest children’s hospital in the world, of significance to national, regional and global health care precedence. It is the first consolidated pediatric care model in the Middle East, designed experientially, through variance in scale.

The Design Solution

HKS architects proposed a crystalline design connecting the historic traditions of science, healing, and the life-supporting nature of water. The podium’s solid masonry shell wraps the precious treatment functions it protects. The healing tower rises above with a glimmering façade of facetted metals and glass, reflecting and filtering light through a layered shade screen.

Building surface materials—masonry, metal, and glass—and their treatments respond to the harsh environmental conditions of the desert. Penetrations in the skin allow windows and ventilation points, each derived from the triangular crystal form of the overall concept.

Inpatient rooms are located on both east and west faces of the Ward Tower. They are accessed from the rest of the hospital by central vertical circulation cores which handle and separate patient, visitor, staff, and service access. Each bedroom, thanks to its non-orthogonal geometry, has a directed view to the sea and they can accommodate two family members to stay overnight with the patient.

Public areas include a 375m-long (1,240 feet) enclosed atrium, 30m in height. The atrium is conceived as an underwater scene of larger-than-life sea creatures that become ambassadors for the patient journey. “The Great Sea Adventure” tells the story of the local Kuwaiti marine ecology and an oceanic heritage.

Illuminated fish suspend from the ceiling, occupiable turtles sit upon puppet-like stilts and are accessed from the upper floors across bridges. A blue whale hosts a sibling play area and gaming theatre while a shark contains one of two public cafes.

The atrium was designed not as a health care environment, but akin to a civically-scaled entertainment complex intended for community engagement, positive distraction, and national pride.

The Design Impact

Kuwait Children’s Hospital is positioned to be the largest children’s hospital in the world at 595,000 square meters (6.4 million square feet) and was delivered with a forward-thinking design that incorporates state-of-the-art technology and energy conservation. The 120,774 square meter (1.3 million square foot) site sits by the sea in the Sabah Health Region of Kuwait City.

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Danat Al Emarat Women and Children’s Hospital

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Danat Al Emarat Women and Children’s Hospital The World Class Danat Al Emarat Pays Tribute to Abu Dhabi’s Women and Children

Abu Dhabi Gate City, Abu Dhabi

The Challenge

To combine world-class, patient-centered pediatric medical care with the hospitality experience of a 5-star hotel, featuring premium amenities that soothe and nurture.

The Design Solution

Danat Al Emarat Women’s and Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of modern medicine with the latest technology to support advanced surgical and diagnostic procedures. HKS designers cast the exterior to reflect the dramatic contrasts of the local climate, geography and culture. Patient rooms are also designed with the look of luxurious hotel rooms and royal suites feature gracious foyers as well as family living and dining areas for men and women, elegantly separated to respond to cultural expectations.

The Design Impact

Since 2015, more than 5,000 babies have been delivered and cared for alongside their mothers in suites with expansive views, family seating and separate accommodations for fathers.

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