Radiation Oncology Building Phase 1 St James Hospital
The practice, in partnership with Murray O’Laoire Architects, was appointed following a design build competition to design two Radiation Oncology buildings under the National Plan for Radiation Oncology (NPRO) both at existing hospital campuses in Dublin; St James’ and Beaumont. These buildings are to be generic models capable of being adapted for future units in cancer centres throughout the country.
The design scheme responds to this requirement for flexibility by placing a three storey atrium at the core of the building which provides natural light and ventilation and a warm pleasing reception area around which the circulation is arranged. This configuration ensures a quality internal environment independent of the surrounding site conditions.
Externally the building is expressed as a solid stone clad box – a formal strong element which is effective in many conditions from existing dense sites to open greenfield campuses.
At St James’ the building is entered through a glazed lobby between two protected structures and internal links with the main hospital are maintained by wrapping a zinc-clad single storey link corridor around the new unit. Internally wayfinding is very clear with a layer of treatment rooms and examination rooms around the perimeter of the building and a toplit visiting area at the centre of the plan.