F.-Marolani-Strasse, 9450 Altstätten
Competition, 1st Prize 2009
Canton of St.Gallen
raderschallpartner AG, Meilen
Borgogno Eggenberger + Partner AG, St.Gallen
Brunner Haustechnik AG, Wallisellen
To prepare the Altstätten Hospital site for the future, the scheme provides for the accommodation of additional space in an extension building and the renovation of an existing ward wing. In addition, a parking garage is to be built. The ward wing and the new building adjoining it to the west span a half-open courtyard space towards the north-facing slope. In order to maintain operations during construction, the renovation of the hospital will take place in four stages. More
Pedestrians can reach the south side main entrance from Marolanistrasse and from the parking level. Rescue and logistics vehicles reach the hospital building via the north-side service yard, where the emergency access is also located. The consistent separation of the flow of people and goods is continued in the internal circulation structure. There, the circulation areas also serve as common areas and meeting spaces.
A large proportion of the existing buildings will be demolished to make room for the new extension. This includes all the highly equipped examination and treatment areas and creates the conditions for the operation of a modern hospital. The structural design of the new building is based on a concrete frame structure. The interior walls are designed as non-load-bearing walls in lightweight construction, which ensures the greatest possible flexibility of use. The existing ward wing is a massive structure. The necessary adjustments to the floor plan were made with appropriate care. An additional storey to the ward wing is made as a lightweight construction.
Since the facades of the existing building have to be replaced, there was an opportunity to create a new overall appearance. Prefabricated exposed concrete elements clad all parts of the building, with slight differences in the window formats. After completion, the hospital will have a uniform expression that no longer distinguishes between old and new.