From the first floor, two major public entrances are visible: the main entry and the emergency room walk-in. The hospital’s 24 outpatient departments are planned on the second to fourth floors, each with a central reception and waiting area connected via corridors. Upon entering the building lobby, two-storey panels form a gentle curving pathway leading patients, visitors and staff through the facility with intuitive wayfinding.
Inside the hospital, soft colours and organic flower supergraphics take inspiration from nature for a welcoming experience. Large windows welcome natural light to ease stress and contribute to healing. To reduce noise and create a home-like setting, all patient rooms are designed as single suites. The Shanghai United Family Pudong Hospital has received the highest design honour awarded by AIA Shanghai for interior architecture.
As traditional banks transform into fintech enterprises, cross-functional collaboration becomes increasingly important. The plan focused on improving vertical connectivity to encourage closer connection between departments. The design also includes a sky garden, canteen, and meeting and training rooms in the building’s mid-section to support interaction and engagement. Each floor features open collaboration spaces with informal work settings that offer flexibility and increase space usage. Embracing mobile working for the first time in SPDB Shenzhen’s history, the new headquarters has two floors with unassigned workstations. With standing desks, diverse collaboration areas and breakout spaces, the work environment encourages a culture of sharing and agility.
Research revealed a younger intake of employees who wanted the space to address their personal wellbeing. We introduced a semi-open sky garden with accessible patios to establish a spacious, tranquil atmosphere for relaxation, communication and natural connection. Curated greenery throughout the building’s 23 floors signals sustainability in practice. The employee cafeteria brings in natural light, creating an open, bright and comfortable dining experience. Observation studies revealed that staff were napping at lunchtime, so we installed a customised retractable bed solution integrated into workstations.
Harold de Puymorin