The Kuwait Ministry of Health engaged KEO in association with the specialist medical planner HCP for the concept design of an extension to the existing Hamad Al Essa Hospital, known as the Organ Transplant Center. The hospital provides international standards of care for renal patients, including kidney and stem cell transplants, dialysis, chemotherapy and post-operative therapies.
To be built on a plot area of 3,666 sq. m the extension will be linked to the existing hospital by an elevated causeway to facilitate easy movement of patients, staff and equipment between the two buildings.
The proposed extension consists primarily of an intensive care unit and dialysis wing, separate floors for male and female wards, emergency department, diagnostic laboratories, outpatient clinic and will also house a reception and waiting areas, cafeteria, records and an administrative department. The design focuses on the extension providing a calm, welcoming and easily navigated experience for patients and visitors, through the use of glass to create an atmosphere of light and transparency, tempered by the utilization of vertical metal fins on the façade to provide privacy to the wards and treatment areas and protection from sunlight and heat.