Located in Singapore, National Heart Centre, Uses Extensive Gardens as A carbon Dioxide Sponge was designed by Broadway Malyan + Ong&Ong Pte Ltd. A ground floor open plaza permits social interaction and an ease of movement which is supported by a further series of semi public open skygardens that allow natural daylight, ventilation, rest and recuperation for doctors, workers and visitors alike. These external, as well as the internal, spaces are designed to optimise operational efficiency and expedite healing via the provision of natural light, ventilation and views while also providing planting that acts as a carbon dioxide sponge, noxious pollutant filter and heat island reducer.
Most visitors enter the ten-storey building via a spacious, naturally lit concourse area. This leads into a large and welcoming reception including information and quarantine zone plus retail shops and cafes, via which department reception areas and the upper levels of the hospital can be reached. The operational layout of the building is set to minimise travel distances for patients and staff. The first six floors contain facilities for a day surgery, operating theatres, clinics, laboratories, radiology and retail facilities, levels seven to ten are designated for non-patient areas including medical records, research laboratories, staff training, a library and administrative offices.