Designed for one of Turkey’s leading healthcare providers the 1,055,000-square-foot Altunizade Hospital is located on a 160,000-square-foot site in a dense urban and primarily residential neighborhood of Istanbul. It is a project that acknowledges the important civic role healthcare institutions play in the communities they serve. The new design combines both inpatient and outpatient services into a single facility. A separate clinic and 192-bed inpatient tower is linked by a common podium base of public amenities and diagnostic & treatment services.
The design capitalizes on unique opportunities to capture views of the Sea of Marmara to the south and respects the surrounding residential neighborhood through a thoughtful design and articulation of the massing. Through a series of form making moves the complex program is adapted to a tight and steeply sloped site. A topographic challenge is turned into an organizational opportunity by allowing grade level access to three separate floors and maximizing floor area for programs requiring ground level points of entry.
The exterior design distinguishes between inpatient and outpatient environments. The clinic tower is articulated as a sculptural form clad in glass oriented toward views. The inpatient tower is developed as a more textural façade using a combination of vertical and horizontal projections to mitigate solar heat gain and glare. A shared podium base provides pedestrian scale and hosts an accessible green roof terrace as respite in a dense active site.
Altunizade will be a significant contribution to the community as a LEED Gold project. The project will achieve a 30% reduction in energy due to not only the efficient systems but also due to the shading provided by the deep cuts in the façade along the patient tower and public concourse. Operational strategies allowed a significant reduction in water use, while also using regional materials and materials high in recycled content to help reduce the use of material resources. Altunizade will bring economic and social sustainable elements to the surrounding growing community through the variety of new patient care programs and job creation. Patient access to green space and wonderful views of the surrounding landscape including the Princess Islands shows the projects attention to the social health of the community as well.
The hospital is situated in a dense urban environment with ample access to buses as well as a close proximity to the subway.
Parking spaces per occupant 400 spaces, 2000 occupants - .2 spaces per occupant
Walk Score rating 86
Low emitting materials were selected for adhesives, sealants, wall and ceiling finishes as well as flooring.
Forum Studio, Inc.