With cost efficient maintenance in mind as well as creating a healthy environment for patients and staff alike this healthcare provider deliberately opted for a hybrid timber system.
At Guemligen in Switzerland, Siloah operates an acute care hospital, therapy centers and residences.
The main building fulfills various functions: technology and utility rooms, archive, restaurant, reception area, offices, surgeries, therapy centers and physical therapy services, along with doctors’ surgeries and care facilities for third-party use. The client deliberately chose a hybrid construction for its advantages in build time and noise emissions as well as the natural appeal of wood.
To get the design right, the architect and contractor conducted a series of interviews with doctors and nurses and set up a 'template room' on site to make plans experiential. This approach paid off for both client and contractor in generating maximum surface efficiency, and hence delivering a highly cost efficient building.
Positive patient feedback has encourage the care provider to continue the collaboration for future buildings.