Case Study

Apollo Reach Hospitals Modular Hospitals Improve Health Care Access Across India


The Challenge

Apollo Hospitals, one of the largest health care systems in Asia, asked HKS to design a modular building system for use on building sites in semi-urban and rural settings.

The Design Solution

The 140,000-square-foot Apollo Reach Hospital in Ayanambakkam is a 200-bed health care facility that serves as a test bed for the new modular system. HKS’ design uses 24-bed inpatient towers as the building’s core element with modular pods that house different services. When applying this building’s design in other locations, these pods can be rearranged to meet the site’s constraints and the needs of the community. The 120,000-square-foot (11,148 sm), 100-bed Apollo Reach Hospital in Nashik makes use of this concept by vertically stacking pods to meet the requirements of a smaller footprint.

The Design Impact

By creating a modular building system, the design, development and construction of new Apollo hospitals is simplified and accelerated, allowing the system to expand quality health care to underserved communities in India faster. The hospital in Ayanambakkam was designed as a prototype for site adaptation in 10 cities across semi-urban and rural India.

Project Features

  • 24-bed inpatient tower units
  • Emergency services
  • Trauma unit
  • Imaging
  • General surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiovascular
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Blood donor center
  • Neurology
  • Neonatal ICU