Bringing the Outside In
First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University
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Kunming, China | 1,350,000 SF/1,000 Beds
Nicknamed the Spring City, Kunming in southwest China has mild temperatures,
soft breezes, and plenty of sunshine all year long.
As many as 5,000 outpatients per day are welcomed at the First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, greeted by a soaring five-story covered open-air concourse that links clinics, labs, imaging, surgery, testing, and procedure spaces. A variety of landscaped gardens and courtyards were designed to take advantage of the climate and to connect patients and visitors to nature on each of the facility’s 13 floors.
A distinctive branching lattice sunscreen system on the inpatient tower protects operable windows from direct light. Clinic buildings are shaded by a system of perforated screen panels and organized around courtyards that bring daylight and ventilation to all patient and staff spaces.
This emphasis on environmental sensitivity extends to the landscaped green roof, which absorbs rainwater and gives patients a pleasing view.