Competition for the New Cluj-Napoca Children’s Hospital, Romania
Cluj City Council
The main idea of the building would be to place an atrium in the north-south axis splitting the hospital in two zones, leaving to the east the whole hospitalization area with the morning sunlight and forest views. This part is completed with a technical basement illuminated by patios with all the support areas and with the circulation of vans and supply trucks. The proposed Clinical Emergency Children’s Hospital will occupy the eastern side of the plot. It is envisioned to be surrounded and traversed by a vast park, hinting at the Miko Garden and the medical facilities surrounding it. The new park is part of a larger scale strategy of binding green areas, the future Bună Ziua neighborhood Park, the future green lanes of Sopor Park and the future East Park. The main theme of the proposed park underlines the genius loci: the agricultural use of the land, the horticulture research areas and orchards of the University. Scaling down, gardening becomes modular with its need to be better cared for, better observed. Gardening develops into a game of green squares, enabling the mind to unwind and the children’s playtime to enter the world of fruit trees, flowers, vegetables, aromatic plants and taking their mind away from disease and directing it towards healing. The Park becomes a mix of organic shapes that mark certain types of areas and orthogonal playful grids that allow plants to interact with the hospital buildings. The concept aims to build a sustainable urban quarter and to steer the development of the city as an organism and the Borhanci neighbourhood towards a feasible development. The new urban fragment wants to develop ties with the existent-built environment, as well with the future developments, aiming to provide the lacking facilities. The new functions will reinforce the medical tradition of the city and will better support the material and social needs of the local community.