Zaans Medical Center by Mecanoo
Client: Zaans Medisch Centrum, Zaandam; Vitaal ZorgVast, Bunnik
Architect: Mecanoo architecten
Graphic design: Silo Agency
Location: Zaandam (NL)
Two lower storeys are reserved for outpatient treatment, while clinical departments occupy the upper ones. Since consideration of patient anxiety played an important role in the design process, the two-storey foyer with its several semi-circular voids and skylights differs considerably from conventional hospital rooms. As a result, a pleasant atmosphere with a distracting effect prevails in this area of the building, lessening fears of pending treatment. A broad passageway with several spaciously proportioned waiting zones forms a connection between all the hospital departments. Hand-drawn illustrations developed in collaboration with the graphics office Silo Agency make a further contribution to the soothing atmosphere.