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Community Day Hospital - Extensions and upgrades to existing facility.

Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa

2011 - Completed

The TC Newman Hospital was originally a 120 bed provincial hospital. It has been converted into a day hospital and district pharmaceutical service centre. The day hospital aims to service the people of Wellington, Paarl and the greater Drakenstein district.

The hospital was reconstructed and extended to cater for the new functions needed in a governmental day clinic. The objective was to improve spatial planning, which would enhance patient and medical personnel circulation and address interdepartmental connectivity problems. All work needed to comply with the latest Western Cape Health Departments Standards.

The entrance and waiting area was a focus for a design intervention. Bright green feature walls contrast the sculptural white ceilings. Roof lights allow natural light to spill into the space. This achieves a sense of volume which has a calming effect on all occupants of the space. Structural steel details in the roof design were elegantly solved. The extension of the main roof creates a welcoming canopy over the entrance to the hospital.

As early adopters of biophilic design AVNA designed a sculptural abstracted tree image that was painted on the green walls of the general waiting area. The template for this was produced in 1:1 scale.


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