Universitätsspital Klinikum 2, Basel, 2013—2032, Competition 1st Prize

More space, more greenery, more light

The new building for Klinikum 2 forms an ensemble together with the existing Klinikum 1 and frames the Spitalgarten, which is the most important public space on the site. Klinikum 2 consists of a 60-metre-high tower that contains the patient beds and a plinth building housing the clinical functions, which takes up the eaves height of the surrounding urban buildings.


Within the inserted building figure internal courtyards of different proportions allow daylight to be directed into the interior and facilitate orientation. Sensible building depths and a square structural grid of 8.10 x 8.10 metres produce the required flexibility. A semi-public, two-storey passageway leads from Petersgraben to the Spitalgarten and provides clearly identifiable accesses to all the important functions.


With light-coloured prefabricated concrete elements, the architectural appearance reflects the structure as primary structure, while differentiated areas of infill, glazed in some places, opaque in others, allow a response to be made to the different functional needs.

Reference image: Colonial Arcade-Cleveland 1888, Detroit Publishing Company 1908

Address

Spitalstrasse 21, 4031 Basel

Client

University Hospital Basel

Commission

Replacement clinical centre 2

Procedure

Competition 2013, 1st Prize

Planning period

2013–2032

Rendering

nightnurse images

Team

Antoni Armengol, Patric Barben, Reto Bleiker, Peter Blume, Mirco Cortesi, Maurin Elmer, Lorenzo Giuliani, Tobias Greiner, Agnieszka Gronek, Christian Hönger, Martin Künzler, Jordan Leonardis, Yin Li, Stefanie Murer, Ryan Muhr, Julia Partenheimer, Juliette Richet, Andreas Sager, Susanne Schanz, Thomas Schmitz, Jonas Schöpfer, Florian Senn, Christian Senn, Timothy Shah, Carina Thurner, Fabienne Ulrich, Nadia Vontobel, Kaspar Zeindler