Saudi German Medical City
Jeddah, N/A / Saudi Arabia
he architecture and urban planning of the Medical City incorporates three important themes of Jeddah: Jeddah as a gateway city on the Red Sea, its unique landscape of lush plant life, and its vernacular Mashrabiya, wooden shading devices used for sun control.
To form the gateway, a continuous white plane folds over the tower programs and is faceted at the two end towers. Rich greenery is incorporated in gardens, on rooftops, and the street level. For sun control, the east and west facades are wrapped by this white plane with vertical wood shading devices. The towers become vertical markers at the street edge, while the plinths extend back and scale down to the neighborhoods surrounding the site.
The Medical City plan solves complicated parking and circulation challenges inherent with the Jeddah site. To aid in circulation, the campus is divided into four zones, which are reinforced through landscaping and pavement. The tower fronts are raised on columns, allowing for patient drop-off and a seamless, dramatic arrival.
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