Client : River of Life Hospital Sdn Bhd
In 2012 VERITAS was approached by the developer to create a landmark healthcare facility on a strategic site situated at the head Kuala Lumpur’s urban redevelopment intuitive, The River of Life. The site presented a number of unique design challenges including the negotiation of a direct access link to the DUKE freeway system and the incorporation of the urban design objectives of the River of Life project.
The resulting design concept takes advantages of the dramatic panoramic views out from the site and incorporates the latest innovations in healthcare planning to create new paradigm in healthcare. The vertically-arranged hospital comprises 300 beds and has a full complement of support services. Environmentally-sustainable design initiatives have been incorporated to reduce energy consumption and salutogenic design principles such as the provision of ample daylighting, logical wayfinding and external views have been applied to create an attractive, functionally efficient and healthy environment for both patients, visitors and clinical staff.
The hospital is strategically located 2km north of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The site is on the banks of the Gombak River, with panoramic vistas across the water. The hospital incorporates the latest developments in healthcare planning and environmentally sustainable design. The urban design challenge of this project was address the interface of the Kampung Puah residential neighborhood in a sensitive and appropriate way, whilst addressing the 11m difference in site levels between the street frontage and riverfront aspect.
Realizing the ‘River of Life’ urban design initiatives, a retail component interfaces the river and the surrounding neighborhood. This begins as a public thoroughfare that connects from street level to the riverfront on the other side of the building with retail outlets and cafes, presenting a more engaging interface with the neighborhood than a traditional hospital. The significant changes in level from riverfront to street-front become an opportunity to create a dramatic transition space in the form of a double volume atrium that opens up to the sky garden. The podium is a series of vertically arranged urban spaces, carparking and healthcare facilities, including a sky lobby. This approach preserves the integrity of the riverfront, and affords vistas of the Gombak river to arrivals at the hospital.