Acibadem Ataşehir Hospital, Children’s Hospital & Headquarters

  • area / size 700,000 sqft
  • Completed 2022
  • Location Istanbul, Turkey,
  • Type Hospital,
  • Gensler designed the Acibadem Ataşehir Hospital, Children’s Hospital & Headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Acibadem Healthcare Group, a leading medical service provider with over 22,000 employees in 24 hospitals and 14 medical centers, had initially approached Gensler to re-imagine their corporate headquarters. The Gensler team wholly embraced the client’s vision to deliver innovative healthcare services for the local health economy by eventually creating a design for not only the headquarters, but also for two additional hospital buildings – with the project scope totaling 700,000 SF. Creating a mixed-use campus unified by culture, well-being, quality, and tradition, the new development supports Acibadem’s goal of transforming the landscape of healthcare in Turkey through a consolidated, centralized approach.

    Acibadem’s centralized, mixed-use campus efficiently streamlines the connection between the Hospital, Children’s hospital, and Headquarters – strengthening its local presence.

    Acibadem Ataşehir Hospital
    The hospital lobby area is the welcoming heart of the building, offering a comfortable, soothing environment on arrival. A digital, data-informed artwork of blooming flowers by local artists, Hakan & Suleyman Yılmaz reflects the 145,580 newborns born at Acıbadem’s network of hospitals – creating a visually therapeutic lobby experience while celebrating the hospital’s work and the patient experience that is inextricably part of it.

    o Technology: The Acibadem Ataşehir Hospital differentiates itself through its specialized spaces for both treatment and healing; state-of-the-art devices for diagnosis; and a Command Center that uses AI and digital infrastructure for management of the hospital.

    Within patient rooms, the healing garden concept is realized via calming materials and hues, organic geometry, carpet textured vinyl flooring, wooden wall panel coverings, and tactile surfaces for a sensory experience.

    On the hospital patient floors, indoor gardens located on every other floor are adjacent to family lounge spaces. This approach reiterates the hospital’s holistic approach, whereby every inhabitant – patient, family member, or hospital employee – is cared for, and provided with opportunities for healing moments.

    Outpatient rooms employ a poly-clinic model – a combination exam-consult room, providing a human-centered approach that allows patients to be part of the dialogue with their doctors, while also allowing ample space for family members (a cultural priority). Every patient floor has an indoor garden and an internal lounge to provide options of rest or interaction for patients and family members.

    As patients and visitors move through the hospital, the design incorporates “zones” where the design shifts and special moments reveal themselves, promoting wellness, comfort, positive distractions, and healing.

    Children’s Hospital
    The Children’s Hospital concept is inspired by Cappadocia, a region in Turkey known for unique rock formations and amazing hot air ballooning opportunities. Based on research, play and art are integral parts of the recovery and rehabilitation process, reducing stress and recovery times. As such, the design team used this research to guide the design direction; balloon motifs found throughout the children’s hospital – from the lobby to the patient rooms – take the children to four magical wonderlands: space adventure, snow castle, farm, and under the sea.

    The specially created Acibadem “mascot” character plays an important role in the design, strategically placed throughout the lobby and patient floors to accompany the children on their journey to wellness.

    When children move between zones, the look and feel shifts and special moments are revealed, providing positive distraction from what is often a daunting environment.

    The 16-story workplace/HQ redefines Acıbadem’s brand and corporate identity, improving the effectiveness and quality of the workplace while creating an enhanced employee experience through both architectural and campus improvements.

    Private offices are located on the interior of the floorplate to maximize access to daylight. To support well-being, multiple terraces and healing gardens are integrated throughout.

    Design: Gensler
    Base Building Architect: FXCollaborative
    Interior Architect-of-Record: Norm Architects
    Photography: Orhan Kolukisa