Client: Steiermärkische Krankenanstalten GmbH, Graz
Location: Göstingerstraße 22, A-8020 Graz
Competition: 12/1987, 1st Prize
Start of planning: 03/1997
Start of construction: 11/1998
Completion: 08/2002
Built-up area: 7.062 m²
Usable area: 16.000 m²
Built-in area: 118.000 m³
Cost: 80 Mio Euro

Internal Medicine 1, Internal Medicine 2, Pulmonological out-patients clinic, Department for cardiology and intensive care, Surgery, Anaesthesiology and intensive care, Pathology, Radiology - 261 patient beds
We aimed at finding a high quality architectural language in the tight frame of a ‘functional hospital machinery ‘, which fulfils the essential framework conditions, such as functionality, urban-architectural quality, acceptance by the user and sustainability. The building should be friendly. Already in the case of the Provincial Hospital Bruck/Mur it was important to us that the client, i.e. the patient should feel comfortable in our house. In a sense, that they would not only ‘live’ in a friendly designed room, but that they would also be able to ‘consume’ all interior and exterior rooms. This is why the design of the day rooms, the corridors and the waiting zones, the entrance hall with its infrastructural facilities and the chapel was ever so important to us. Each area received its own design and became individually recognisable, received its own character. The topic of day light and artificial lighting was of paramount importance too. Light-flooded rooms increase the patients’ well being and have a positive effect on the working climate for the frequently stressed-up staff. However, large glass surfaces have to be dealt with, too. We provided for an optimum sun protection and where there is no other solution, the area is air-conditioned.
A subtle, individual colouring, beyond fashionable Feng Shui nonsense, is expressed through the natural colours resulting from the material used. Generally, we used top-quality material to make sure that the intensively used building would continue to show an optimum and attractive surface quality. Despite the fact that in the case of LKH Graz-West we were in the lucky position to be able to build on a large green field, it was important to us that individual areas in various forms of density and designs were dealt with by a landscape architect.

Photos: Paul Ott, Graz