In recent years, many studies have revealed an increasing rate of hospital obsolescence, which reflects the velocity at which contemporary society and medical knowledge evolve. Recognizing this challenge, the main goal of contemporary and future hospital planning is to create flexible facilities capable of modifying and updating their services over time. Many scholars and practitioners have already developed prefabricated and flexible strategies. Working from Professor Kendall’s Open Building theorization (Kendall, 1999) and current applications of hotel facilities plug-in rooms, a multidisciplinary research group from Alta Scuola Politecnica has developed the Open Room approach, an innovative design solution that is able to adapt to changing needs. The Open Room is an innovative design approach able to adapt to changing needs. The design approach is structured into three parts: • the primary system, which consists of a main structural framework that can host open room modules • the secondary system, composed of the sub-structural skeleton with all the installations of the module • the tertiary system, which features both the furniture and prefabricated finishing panels that allow changes to the room’s inner configuration and function. The final product is a prefabricated room, transportable in three parts and able to accommodate a variety of fit-out changes. The interior space is defined by a series of customizable wall panels with foldable furniture and integrated functions, while the tri-partition of the substructures creates the possibility to remove the room and repurpose the building over time. The research work defined the conceptual and technological framework for different ongoing studies on economic feasibility and possible market application.
|Titolo:||Open Rooms for Future Health Care Environments|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||02.1 Contributo in Volume|
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