HELP – Teaching Hospital and Research Laboratories

Healthcare Architecture Built

Professional Category

Studio: Contemporanea Arquitetura e Interiores

Architect / Designer: Carolina Gadelha | Andreia Oliveira | Eric Roberto

Country: Brazil

Copyright: Vilmar Costa

HELP, Hospital de Ensino e Laboratórios de Pesquisa, is in the agreste region, northeast of Brazil, in a city of about 420,000 inhabitants, reaching more than one and a half million people in its radius of operation. It is a building of peculiar characteristics, which reflects the strategic ambitions of the founding group of the Hospital. HELP was conceived to be a reference center, capable of repositioning the city of Campina Grande as one of the main medical centers of a region that represents 34% of the Brazilian population.
It is a hospital of regional size, encompassing services of high complexity, of care for mixed public – philanthropic and private, as well as a center of excellence for medical training and scientific development, linked to one of the most important and renowned medical schools in the region.
Due to its specific characteristics, the Contemporânea office has developed a unique and innovative building, in a conceptual composition that integrates design, technology, sustainability and humanization.
It has 30,000 m2 of built area, in a program of needs that includes outpatient clinics, hospitalizations, emergency care, surgical and obstetric center, imaging center, ICU, oncology center, nuclear medicine, hemodialysis, study and research center.
The definition of the flows was one of the major challenges of the project since the hospital needed to house different audiences and have activities beyond health services: teaching and research. In addition, the hospital was designed to meet the strictest national and international hospital accreditation standards, such as ONA and JCI.
HELP provides a unified basis for technology and sustainability, which should be seen as complementary elements, to offer an advanced environment not only in medical care, but also in resource efficiency.
The hospital houses equipment and solutions of high-tech building facilities and systems, many of them still uncommon in Brazil. It has sophisticated building automation resources for the management of its systems and subsystems: rainwater collection and storage network, irrigation system, intelligent air conditioning system (air renewal, exhaust and cooling with negative and positive pressure), pneumatic system for transporting medicines, as well as its own solar power plant, designed to sustain 100% of the building’s demands, saving about 100 thousand dollars monthly, which will be given to support assistance services, notably to the area of pediatrics.
Regarding hospital humanization, the project uses resources from Biophilia and Neuroarchitecture, incorporating elements of nature into the building, through its internal gardens and natural lighting, the intentional composition of colors, materials, and textures, in order to set up a therapeutic environment, in addition to promoting well-being for employees, companions and visitors.
HELP was developed from a modern vision of architecture for healthcare, introducing a human-centered design approach, and the building as a transformative instrument, capable of contributing to the hospital’s objectives: to restore, welcome and comfort.