Renovation of Meilahti Tower Hospital

Selection 2016

Description

Built in 1965, Meilahti Tower Hospital is a heritage site and iconic landmark. It is the first high-rise tower hospital and one of the first curtain wall structures in Finland. The wards were fully modernized to meet modern-standards of specialized health care. The challenges were retrofitting new technology into the tight spaces between the low ceilings and massive beams and improving the energy efficiency of the elevations. A further goal was to improve the look of the façades, which had suffered through repeated modifications. Computer simulation and on-site trial installations were indispensable in optimizing the layout, integrating the technical systems and finding a workable solution of the façade. Though functionality and efficiency are top priorities, the interiors are fresh and appealing in appearance. The renewed façade recaptures the lively, clean-lined modernism of the original architecture.


Sponsor of the Finnish Architecture. Biennial review 2016 and collaborator in the construction of this project:

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Facts

Gross Area: 35620m2

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