Buro Happold and OMA plan 1.3 million sq m health district in Qatar

British consulting engineer Buro Happold and Holland’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) have completed research on the Al Daayan Health District in Doha for the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), a Qatari non-profit healthcare provider.

The 1.3 million sq m project will be located between Qatar University and the new Lusail City, and will contain a 900-bed teaching hospital, 188-room outpatients department, a national centre for cancer care and research, and several research and education facilities.

Reinier de Graaf, a partner in OMA, said: "When we started this project six months ago, the notion of ‘the hospital of the future’ was distinctly different to what it is now, proving once more that the only predictable thing about the hospital is the unpredictability of its future."

Gavin Thompson, a partner in Buro Happold, said: "The complex functional requirements of a large hospital and the lessons we will learn from the current crisis create a unique opportunity to reinvent the way architects and engineers collaborate."  

Image courtesy of OMA

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