Khalid Al Hasan Cancer Centre
JCA in collaboration with Dar al Omran
PECDAR, Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction
USD 150 million
59000 m2 excl. parking basement
Ongoing, on site
The first National Cancer Hospital for Palestine
In 2016, JCA in collaboration with the Jordanian consultancy, Dar Al Omran, won the international competition to design the Khalid Al Hasan Cancer Centre (KHACC).
KHACC will be Palestine’s centre for oncology, a project of great national importance. It will provide a comprehensive cancer service of the highest quality with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery, 208 beds, a dedicated emergency oncology centre, diagnostic suites, laboratories and an education centre
The hospital sits on one of Ramallah’s many hills, visible across a deep river valley from many parts of the city, a landmark on the skyline. Land comes at a premium in Palestine so we had to masterplan a very large building (ca. 59000 m2 + underground car parking) on a very tight site, allowing for a second phase of development that will add a further 150 beds and expand the hospital’s diagnostic and treatment capacity.
The strategic response organised KHACC into two towers facing north/south (which contain the inpatient accommodation and the diagnostic and treatment elements) and a lower 4 storey ambulatory centre with outpatient and infusion/chemotherapy suites. A main entrance atrium connects these three components and enables all patients and visitors to move through the building in daylight to their clinical destinations, making navigation through the building simple and unstressful. Every opportunity has been taken to create courtyards and gardens. All of the wards and the four levels of the Ambulatory Centre connect to large south facing terraces that look out onto their rugged landscape setting.