Cleveland Clinic on track for 2013 opening

Cleveland Clinic on track for 2013 opening

Abu Dhabi’s Cleveland Clinic, a world-class health facility for the region designed by HDR and Aedas, is reportedly on track for its projected completion at the end of 2013.

Located on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, the project aims to extend the same level of medical care as the United States-based Cleveland clinic model.

This 364-bed facility is organised into five institutes each with their own design needs: Digestive Disease, Eye, Heart, and Vascular; Neurological; Respiratory; and Critical Care.

Mohammed Ayoub, HDR’s lead designer for the project, said the clinic is on track to be one of the most advanced and high tech yet luxurious hospitals in the world.

“The term ‘hospital of the future’ is used quite often, but I can’t imagine another facility that reflects that phrase more than the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi,” said Ayoub.

“It’s a building that blends cutting-edge technology, evidence-based design, world-class care, and Arabic culture with elegant architecture—creating a facility that looks more like a seven-star hotel than a hospital.”

The overall campus incorporates unique design elements drawn from the local community from a Gulf inspired colour palette, to Arabesque patterns.

Facilities are clustered around a central reflecting pool, giving off an aquatic feel throughout. Glass walkways paired with a warm wood interior and a double glass curtain wall connect patient spaces and faculty offices. Windows reflect out to the on-site gardens and views of the Arabian Sea.

The overall effect is designed to promote wellness and serenity, blurring the lines of hospital and hospitality, claims Ayoub. Upon completion next year, the Cleveland Clinic aims to provide impeccable standards of care in an iconic setting.

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