The site of the Sieff Hospital, amidst the majestic Galilee landscape, presents an unparalleled opportunity to incorporate nature into the fabric of the building.
We viewed the location of the hospital as an opportunity to design a building that can benefit from the unique therapeutic qualities that can only be provided by contact with nature. The project was shaped by the primary aims of clarity, simplicity, and environmental quality.
A building that is easy to understand conveys a sense of calm and peacefulness. The patients’ rooms are arranged in a logical sequence along the main public area, to create a clear and simple hierarchyfor the users. The organisation of the building and its relationship to the landscape creates an environment for the patients and staff that is harmonious and coherent.
The variety of views and their relationship to the various activities within the hospital offer therapeutic benefits and a working environment filled with natural light and a sense of space.
The public spaces of the building open inwards onto a peaceful, landscaped interior courtyard, affording privacy and relaxation. The patients’ rooms are orientated outwards, opening towards views of mountains, cliffs and valleys.
Architect incharge | Shereen Ghanem & Eyal Gvirsman