White Arkitekter and HPP selected to design new medical clinic in Tübingen, Germany

White Arkitekter and HPP selected to design new medical clinic in Tübingen, Germany

White Arkitekter and HPP Architekten have been selected to design the new medical clinic, NMK, in Tübingen, Germany. Both studios, with extensive experience in healthcare design and wooden architecture, aim to realize a project in which the elements of an integral and sustainable overall concept also play an essential role, in addition to the design aspects. curative architecture and optimized functional organization. The new medical clinic at Tübingen University Hospital will be one of 34 university hospitals in Germany that will contribute to the successful combination of high-performance medicine, research and teaching.

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The architecture program focuses on efficiency through operating procedures and structural implementation of resource-efficient design. Thus, the plan emphasizes functional and efficient staff areas by reducing distances to medical posts and emphasizing the landscape. The terraces and gardens provide a green and lush environment and provide staff, patients and visitors with access to nature. At the highest levels, the extruded volumes maximize the view of the Swabian Jura while providing a calm and soothing environment thanks to an optimization of natural light and warm materials.

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The combination of wood as the essential structural material on the upper floors and the renewable raw material in the extension and the facade allows to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the stored carbon remains sequestered in the components. The design also contemplates separable components, allowing all components to be reused as a whole item or returned to their respective recycling process.


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We are delighted to be able to contribute our knowledge of complex healthcare projects and the Scandinavian knowledge of wooden architecture. We are now looking forward to a good collaboration with HPP Architekten and (client) Amt Tübingen des Landesbetriebs Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg — Kristin Schmitt, Chief Architect at White Arkitekter.

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White Arkitekter has completed more than 25 healthcare projects worldwide, including the Mother-Child Hospital Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the New Central Hospital in Karlstad, Sweden. Likewise, HPP Architekten, established 85 years ago, has mastered architecture and technology in projects such as the Europa-Park stadium in Freiburg and Germany’s first hybrid wooden office building, whose completion is planned for 2023.