Designed by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital is located in Hamilton, Bermuda. The inpatient care floors are organised around a ‘doughnut’ shaped footprint forming a four storey central atrium, the heart of the new hospital facility. The patient care footprint is fragmented into 4 ‘rotated’ blocks to reduce the impact of the scale of this extruded three storey element. The atrium space is terminated with a roof light or lantern which is sensitively detailed to provide shading to the atrium to mitigate the solar impact upon the atrium space and its users.
The concept for the building facade has been developed by using the local Bermudian island architectural language as a precedent reference. Through the detailed analysis of the Bermudian built landscape, SHCA have identified an architectural language of ‘Floating Pavilions within the Landscape’ which has provided inspiration for the massing and architectural language of the hospital concept.