The King Hussein Cancer Center designed by HKS, Inc is located in Amman, Jordan. Amman was built on seven hills, or Jabals, which prompted the city to enact a building code that would control building height based on low or high areas. A city built on Jabals and Wadis (hills and ravines) is that of an uneven, urban grid that lends diversity to the buildings that are forced to follow sometimes whimsical layouts driven by the land, and add a particular texture to the city’s skyline.
Throughout the building, glass ‘pierces’ the stone surface to look as if jewels were protruding out of it in various angles. This glass treatment continues down the middle of the inpatient and outpatient buildings, creating a glass spine that contains vertical circulations as well as bridges connecting both wings. The spine also contains a cafeteria and rest areas for families and staff. By using natural materials and rational design – as well as simple, local construction techniques – KHCC attempts to show that a modern building can be achieved that respects the past yet shows the way to the future for all Jordanians.