Duesseldorf University Hospital, Germany, Centre for Surgical Medicine II

Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf, Germany (University Hospital Duesseldorf)
  • Architectural Work
    Performance / Services: 2 - 9
09 / 2014
Gross floor area:
49.102 qm
Healthcare Application Award 2011, category: best healthcare concept (honourable mention), AIT magazine
2011 Healthcare Application Award "Best Healthcare Concept", AIT periodyk
Competition 1st prize
Convergence of Key Clinics
The new construction of the Center for Surgical Medicine II centralises important clinical functions and networks the decentralised clinics for improved and more efficient patient care. The building follows the main access route of the university hospital. It achieves the functional and structural convergence of the neurosurgery, emergency and hand surgery, ENT, ophthalmology, jaw and facial plastic surgery and orthopaedic clinics. In addition, an interdisciplinary emergency department optimises multiple trauma care.

The two-storey, linear entry hall along the main hall is the hub for patient and visitor traffic. Daylight and visual contact to the outside permit straightforward orientation and offer high-quality space for socialisation. The two-storey base structure houses examination and treatment rooms with operating theatres and intensive care. Three levels above are home to wards with 288 standard care beds and an intermediate care station with 24 beds.

The use of geothermal energy through a system of geothermal ducts (8 ducts with a length of 160 m each, diameter approx. 2 m) to condition the incoming air helps conserve energy. This investment is expected to be amortised within 7 years through a reduction in operating costs. The gas-fired cogeneration plant that generates electricity and heat, contributing to supply security, constitutes another core component.