Children’s Clinical University Hospital area renewal concept and detailing
- LOCATION: Riga, Vienibas gatve 45, k-21
- AREA: 14,73 ha
- DESIGN YEAR: 2021-2022
- CLIENT: SLLC “Children’s Clinical University Hospital”
ALPS landscape architects – Indra Ozolina, Metra Augskapa, Sendija Aditaja, Ilze Ruksane
Architecture: MARK architects
Mobility solutions: IE.LA engineers
Navigation: H2E Design studio
Visualizations: Arturs Mengots
The landscape and design solutions were created in accordance with the concept of a healing space and salutogenesis, meaning – its core value are the people, their health, needs and coherence (which is a feeling that forms the interrelationship of everything that’s present within a person).
The conceptual plan of the site presents several successively allocated spaces: a garden for patients and hospital staff, as well as space for visitors. The planning principles define a need for meaningful, clear and easily perceivable outdoor space. This raises a need for clarity in garden’s structure and functionality, consistency of used materials, as well diversity and aesthetic environment, which would form a cultural and historical connection with the land and its nation. This outdoor space also must be accessible for basic and daily use.
It is important to create comprehensible, meaningful and comfortable outdoor space within hospital’s site.
Throughout the hospital’s grounds a walking trail with small thematic garden spaces have been created. These little gardens serve as stopping points for taking a rest, creating a temporary illusion of being far from the hectic life in the hospital.
The basics of spatial planning are based on the mutual relationship between the hospital buildings and the free outdoor space. In the proposal, the territory is divided into 3 spatial parts: a forest park, an intensive construction area and a fragmentary construction mixed with a park. The defined main axis is a linear pedestrian walkway, however, all 3 spatial parts are interconnected by various lesser paths.
There are also 3 landscaping codes defined by the concept: a historical code, a modern code and a natural code. Each of these codes have their unique characteristics, and several functional spaces are present within the areas defined by them. Each area includes spaces intended for recreation and play, economic management, connectivity and even fulfills a representative function. Such spaces are further developed separately in more detail.
Construction project for building No21 was also developed separately.