The KSA, Kantonsspital Aarau and its grounds in Aarau, Switzerland will be transformed into a new large scale park and high quality hospital facility. Currently, the grounds consist of a series of pavilions dotted in the landscape, which have proved exceedingly impractical for modern use. Through the demolition of the existing buildings and park redesign, today’s fragmentation will dissolved, while the green area in the heart of the city will be increased from 75.000 m2 to 94.000 m2. As a team, the consolidated hospital facilities into the new “Dreiklang” structure is designed by Burckhardt + Partner AG and wörner traxler richter, the new hospital grounds is designed by TOPOTEK 1.
The “Dreiklang” is located within the newly designed park, which offers tranquility and respite for patients, visitors and hospital staff. On the basis of its exceptional situation, the new hospital appears as a large public pavilion. As key to the building to park relationship, the building demonstrates fluidity through transparency and by means of the generous portico suggests openness and provides orientation for visitors.
In the park redesign, the existing art works and the historical garden have been integrated. The new restaurant terrace and cafeteria located beneath the portico extends into the park and enhance the impression of a synthesis of interior and exterior. The entrance and circulation areas, as well as bike racks and short-stay car parking spaces are arranged so that they are seamlessly connected to the green areas.
The result is hospital grounds turned large scale public park that offers the necessary elements of a medical facility with the multitude of experiences and impressions of a high quality green space.