HDR and Herzog & de Meuron have been selected by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to design the new hospital of the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, San Francisco, California.
The hospital is part of UCSF’s academic medical center, which also includes a research enterprise and graduate schools in the health sciences.
The design team of HDR and Herzog & de Meuron will realize UCSF’s vision for the hospital for the future as “The Healing Habitat,” a holistic healthcare environment that fosters wellness and recovery by combining efficient facilities with human experiences, connected to nature and the community.
HDR and Herzog & de Meuron will work with UCSF to create a gateway between nature and the urban context around it—a facility that encourages people to rethink the role of the hospital within their daily lives and the community.
“We design human-centered environments grounded in data and research and informed by global best practices. And our translational health facilities are known for enabling improved care, advanced education and accelerated discoveries,” said Hank Adams, global director of health for HDR. “We are excited to apply our deep insight into the future of health delivery to this facility, knowing that it will endure for generations to come.”
“We understand the challenges of designing large-scale urban hospital projects that respect the cultural significance of their sites,” HDR said in a press release. “We also recognize the importance of designing a hospital whose mission is expressed in its architecture. We design with empathy to both perspectives and have a deep portfolio of projects that are celebrated by neighborhood communities.”
Herzog & de Meuron seeks to bring its range of experience on hospitals and projects within similarly complex urban environments, to create a new medical center that will combine healing, research, nature, and culture.