Hopital De La Tour
JCA in collaboration with SETE SA (Architect Mr. Aris Serbetis) and De Planta Architectes
Gestron/La Tour Medical Group
An extension to a Swiss private hospital.
JCA were appointed in 2013, to advise on the expansion and future development of this highly respected private hospital in Geneva, Switzerland. We have worked with the owners ever since, with the completion of the main phase in 2018 and now the wider masterplan. The work for Phase One provided strategic advice, constructed the brief and the schedules of accommodation, master planned the site, developed the detailed design and provided a detailed interior design strategy in collaboration with local architects De Planta Architectes and with our client, architect Aris Serbetis.
The new wing expands the inpatient accommodation, outpatient facilities and operating theatres, creates a new imaging and nuclear medicine centre and radiotherapy suite. The centrepiece is the creation of one of the most advanced Sports Medicine Centres in Europe, with a very extensive gym, pool and therapy facilities.
The design strategy reversed the main entrance of the hospital leading patients and visitors across a 16 metre long bridge that looks down onto a 100 metre long exercise track, reinforcing the notion that hospitals are as much about good health as about repair.
The design is based around our simple design philosophy – reduce the organisation of the building to the simplest and most legible components and assemble these around staff and patient journeys. Ensure that the depth of the floorplates are dimensioned to accommodate inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic or office functions. Maximise daylight and ensure that the patients and visitors will move through light and airy spaces to their clinical destinations. Eliminate corridors and ‘hospital land’
Developing a highly serviced and complex building within two metres of a fully operational hospital is always a challenge and in this case we all worked together in the planning of five phases of
building work to achieve a seamless transformation, which to date has proved successful.