Ruby Hall Hospital
For designing the Ruby Hall Hospital, biologic and artistic approaches are used. Both of them lead to distinct solutions of departmental layouts, circulation and to characterise general hospital patterns.
The biologic approach bases the design on the functional needs and on the balance of the hospital organisation with its environment. In this philosophy the lower boundaries of functions are represented by certified facts, the upper by pure, rationally manipulative concepts.
The hospital development model incorporates the elements of growth, aggregation, formation, differentiation, regrouping and separation. The increasingly distinct functions, capabilities and organisational clusters grow until a further differentiation into specialities and sub specialities occurs which requires new units or departments. Aggregation of specialities produces cross-professional teams with their own requirement on hospital space and the consequent need of regrouping.
The design imposes a rigid pattern of work on its users.
The designer ensures a flexibility in the spatial planning which anticipates change leading to a design for stability.