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Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital

Behavioral Health Facility | 538,200 SF | 272 Beds | Completed 2017

DUBAI, UAE The Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital, for which KMD has twice been engaged to provide programming, planning and design services through 100% schematic design, is a prototype psychiatric facility that required a unique design and aesthetic response in order to ensure that its presence in the community is a welcome one, and that its treatment mission, both in- and out-patient, could be accomplished in the most effective manner.

The overall architectural appearance of the hospital is that of an oasis, or village surrounded by lush vegetation. The sides and rear of the building are buffered from adjoining land uses by inexpensive but tall, rapid growing plants, between the peripheral roadway and property line walls. 

The architectural expression of the building employs a number of vernacular and passive design elements grounded in Middle East architecture that are applied in a modern cultural and aesthetic way. Monolithic walls define the edges of the main buildings which wrap at the main entry that establish a ceremonial entry sequence. This formal arrival begins at the gate to the campus, down the formal drive to an entry court. At the front of the hospital the massing steps up to a three story building component, drawing visitors with its grand entry portal. This main facade is complemented by the geometric forms of one-story, free-standing elements such as garden walls, a gymnasium and “half-way-home” patient accommodations. Currently, under construction. For the UAE Ministry of Public Works in collaboration with HDP.

2014 Winner “Best Hospital of the Future”, Hospital Build and Infrastructure Middle East.