Case Study

DM Aster Med City Healing in an Urban Paradise

Kochi, Kerala, India

The Challenge

In a region already recognized worldwide as a destination for Ayurvedic wellness, how might a new urban complex located on a tranquil backwater push innovation in health forward, while maintaining a holistic philosophy?

The Design Solution

More than a hospital, DM Aster MedCity is an entire urban development dedicated to healing. The plan, inspired by the nesting behaviors of the local Brahminy Kite, resembles a family of birds settled along the banks of the Kochi backwaters. Built on a 38-acre property, the 600,000 square foot (55,741 sm), eight-story medical building is strategically situated to provide optimal views and offer opportunities for vertical and horizontal expansion. Three inpatient bed towers are united by a central atrium at the base of the building, which is surrounded by pedestrian circulation paths that take the healing experience outdoors. In addition to patient care, MedCity also includes a 4-star hotel and serviced apartments, a 500-seat convention center, retail, staff accommodations and high-end residential units to create a sustainable and active community for some 10,000 residents. HKS collaborated on this project with Design Relations in Kochi.

The Design Impact

Since opening in May 2015, DM Aster Med City has provided a sustainable model for impacting medical research in the country and beyond, and is equipped to offer the best medical services in India to patients with advanced diseases. The high-level of care helps the facility attract doctors and patients from around the world. The project is seeking LEED Gold certification

Project Features

  • 500-bed hospital, expandable to 1,000 in Phase 2
  • 500-seat convention center
  • Outpatient care clinic
  • Seeking Joint Commission International accreditation
  • Seeking LEED Gold certification