This spring, the 1-million-sf Sidra Medicine in Doha, Qatar, is scheduled to launch a purpose-built clinic with in vitro fertilization services for reproductive consultation.
The hospital, which had its official opening on November 12, is one of the few in Qatar offering health services specifically for women and children. The facility, whose nearly $8 billion construction cost was endowed by Qatar Foundation, has more than 50 outpatient clinics and 400 inpatient beds, expandable to 550.
The hospital’s exterior design, by New Haven, Conn.-based Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, is distinguished by three sails that take their cue from traditional boats known as dhows, and from sand patterns in Doha “that are quite beautiful,” says Mark Shoemaker, a Principal with Pelli Clarke Pelli. “These fluid forms inspired us.”
The sails, clad in white ceramic tile, are part of massive atriums within the building, one of which includes a garden respite. The hospital also has a mosque, an ambulatory care center, and underground parking for 1,000 cars.
The medical center is positioned as a gateway to Education City, Doha’s 1.4-square-kilometer concentration of academic, science, and sports facilities. A tunnel connects the hospital directly to Cornell Weill Medical School, one of six campuses at Education City. (Other campuses are for Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon University, and Virginia Commonwealth.) Read More...