Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo Zaandam | Royal HaskoningDHV

Royal HaskoningDHV provided expertise in the areas of architecture, urbanism, landscape, interior, hospital logistics and programming, lean management and cost management  in collaboration with Mecanoo to work towards an integrated coherent design.

Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo Zaandam | Royal HaskoningDHV

An efficient and compact building in which professional healthcare and a personal approach strengthen each other was the result. One main, recognizable axis through the center of the building connects the different functions.

Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo Zaandam | Royal HaskoningDHV

Feeling at home in a hospital is not obvious. Certainly if you are sick, awaiting test results or coming to visit a sick family member. Therefore clear routing, an abundance of daylight, and positive distractions can contribute to an environment that does not feel like a hospital, but as a place that promotes wellbeing.

Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo Zaandam | Royal HaskoningDHV

The clear stacking of two floors of outpatient clinics, two floors of clinical departments and a flexible facility layer between them, optimally serves the primary care processes.Whenever possible, the outpatient clinics and nursing departments are standardised, allowing for exchangeability and adaptability. The Zaans Medical Centre is therefore flexible and future-proof.

Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo Zaandam | Royal HaskoningDHV

The patient experience played a crucial role in the design process. The spacious multi-storey lobby has the feel of a welcoming public building. Semi-circular voids and skylights, the use of wood, good acoustics and unobstructed views of the surroundings provide a pleasant atmosphere. Calm colours, a homely décor, lots of green inside and out, with daylight entering through windows on to the floor.

Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo Zaandam | Royal HaskoningDHV

All these aspects help people to feel more comfortable and experience less stress. For patients staying at the hospital this can even lead to less medication, less pain and accelerate recovery.

Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo Zaandam | Royal HaskoningDHV

Adjacent to the Zaans Medical Centre lies a health boulevard with a rehabilitation hotel, a pharmacy, an eye clinic, various shops, a supermarket and a parking garage, designed to function as a small town. The smart combination of the medical centre and related healthcare services results in a health district for Zaandam and the region.

Concept Design Zaans Medical Center by RHDHV and Mecanoo Zaandam | Royal HaskoningDHV

Project facts

  • Client
    Zaans Medical Centre
  • Location
    Zaandam, the Netherlands
  • Period
    2012-2013
  • Solution
    Architecture, interior design, cost management, building services