Edward Williams Architects shortlisted for the design of a new operating theatre block
The Regional Bellinzona Hospital is located in a congested site on a mountain with beautiful views.
We proposed a simple compact volume to house the six new operating theatres and their annex spaces on a single level, with additional staff and store areas in two lower levels. The building’s green roof offers a beautiful landscaped terrace directly accessible from the entrance and café. The new glazed pavilion is the gateway to a garden walkway where a panoramic view of the Magadino valley can be enjoyed. The building’s compact setting is designed to minimize the impact on the existing hospital and its garden while improving the main entrance and its connection to the garden. The internal distribution of the new block is simple and regular for optimal functionality and cost efficiency. The building is modular and designed to be built from prefabricated sustainable cross laminated timber. This approach met the client’s requirements to minimize the construction programme, reduce noise and disruption to the hospital operations.