Project: Al Mafraq Hospital and Dialysis Center In Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sara Pepiton -- Interior Design, 7/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
| Project: Al
Mafraq Dialysis Center and Hospital|
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Finished: Dialysis Center: April 2012; Hospital
Architect: Burt Hill Inc.
SF: Dialysis Center: 75,350; Hospital: 2.65 million
Cost: Dialysis Center: $28,584,700; Hospital:
The role of medicinal herbs Arabic history is referenced as a guiding design principle for different areas of the facility's interior. Private dialysis stations are arranged in pod-like configurations with sixteen back-to-back beds so nurses are better able to attend to patients.
"It's become evident that a healthier building can have an effect on the health of its inhabitants, " says Hokanson,"so green design features such as access to natural light and appropriate material work toward both of those goals."
In the desert, sustainability is mainly related to the natural light, water conservation, and efficient heating/cooling systems. Typical dialysis center design for nurses stations, for example, was reversed, so patients can look outside during treatment and drink in the natural light. A dynamic metal and glass sunscreen shields patients from the sun, yet allows for natural light and privacy.
Though not required when the Al Mafraq projects were designed - Abu Dhabi has just begun implementing sustainability guidelines and standards similar to LEED, called Estidama - the project largely adhered to sustainable principles. Still, Al Mafraq's interior includes many sustainable products from linoleum flooring and acoustical ceiling tiles to low VOC paints.
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