KMD's CHA Hospital, Korea Wins 2008 AIA National Healthcare Award

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 General News
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 28 The innovative CHA Women's andChildren's Hospital in Seoul, Korea, has been selected as one of only fourprojects worldwide to win the 2008, prestigious American Institute ofArchitects (AIA) National Healthcare Design Award. It is one of the more than15 projects undertaken in Korea by KMD Architects, with offices in SanFrancisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Mexico City. The design for CHAHospital coupled with this esteemed award furthers KMD's position as atrend-setting and futurist international design firm creating innovations inhealthcare on the global scale since its inception in 1963.


The new hospital is among the first in Korea to offer a full array ofadvances such as combined labor/delivery rooms and water birthing, whichinvite the participation of the family in the birthing process. To meet Koreanexpectations, one entire floor of the hospital is given over to an extendedstay spa, wherein women may remain up to one month after giving birth. Otheraspects for women's healthcare and maternity services offered by the CHAHealth System range from in-vitro fertilization to stem cell research.

The new hospital brings to a dense, suburban Seoul neighborhood agleaming, modernist building attractive to Korea's younger women, and offerspatient care in an environment often reserved for high-couture shops, spas,hair salons and trendy restaurants. The design celebrates high technology butalso incorporates elements from traditional Korean architecture such as wood,plants, organic forms and water features, within and outside the building ondecks and terraces.

In keeping with KMD's concept of "Triple Green Design," which promotesenergy conservation but also aims at enhancing human health and performance onthe part of the staff and patients as well as the surrounding community, thenew CHA Hospital is a showcase for KMD's philosophy to create healthcarebuildings that are efficient to operate, supportive of staff and beneficial tothe well being of patients and families.

Included among KMD's design goals is enhancing the hospital experiencethrough the maximization and control of day lighting, as well as creating asense of privacy in patient bedrooms within a dense urban setting.

Another, equally important strategy is the introduction of natural forms,plants, materials and water features throughout the hospital, within thebuilding itself, in contrast to the high density and busyness of thesurrounding neighborhood. Nearly all floors of the building, from the basementto the rooftop garden, become accessible respite areas for patients, staff andvisitors alike, either visually or by experiencing the outdoor spaces andever-changing Korean weather.

About KMD

Since 1963, KMD Architects have combined innovation and creativity toprovide exceptional healthcare, academic, commercial and corporatearchitectural services. With offices in Mexico City, Portland, Seattle, SanFrancisco and Los Angeles, and projects throughout the world. A leader ingreen building and sustainable design, KMD designs have been completed in over30 U.S. states, and 15 countries around the world and have won over 200 designawards, including over forty from AIA (American Institute of Architects).Notable KMD designs include the Seoul City Hall in Seoul, Korea; Two RodeoDrive in Beverly Hills; Nadya Park in Nagoya, Japan; Ford Field in Detroit;and Jie Fang Headquarters in Shanghai, China. The company's web site can beviewed at

SOURCE KMD Architects

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