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Dr. D. Y. Patil Hospital

"The brief was to design a large 30000 sq. m teaching hospital with almost free treatment for around thousand out patients and five hundred inpatients amidst an urban concrete surrounding. This hospital would not be fully air-conditioned, nor would it have all the expensive high end specifications of the expensive private, paying, super specialty hospitals." says Shirish Beri & Associates on Dr. D. Y. Patil Hospital.

By: Shirish Beri & Associates

Architecture-Page | Dr. D. Y. Patil Hospital by Shirish Beri & Associates
Image courtesy of Shirish Beri & Associates.

The brief was to design a large 30, 000 sqm teaching hospital with almost free treatment for around thousand out patients and five hundred inpatients amidst an urban concrete surrounding. This hospital would not be fully air-conditioned, nor would it have all the expensive high end specifications of the expensive private, paying, super specialty hospitals.

The governing design parameters for such a hospital were thought out as below.

The design of the hospital should contribute to the healing process by

- having a healthy atmosphere with lots of natural light, ventilation and nature (plants, landscaped courtyards)

- having good, direct, short circulation linkages between various easy to locate functions.

Architecture-Page | Dr. D. Y. Patil Hospital by Shirish Beri & Associates
Image courtesy of Shirish Beri & Associates.

- efficient planning of the various services like medical gases, CCTV, computer networking, A.C, electricity, water, drainage etc.

- designing for high level of sterility in certain critical areas. Using materials that would stay clean and require minimum maintenance over the years. (especially for the Mumbai climate)

- breaking away from the typical hospital image externally by making it more nature friendly & green as well as internally by avoiding long, dark, smelly passages of a similar hospital.

Architecture-Page | Dr. D. Y. Patil Hospital by Shirish Beri & Associates
Image courtesy of Shirish Beri & Associates.

The basic shape in plan was evolved as a result of the above parameters.

It allows for lot of air movement within the building as well as natural light. The large courtyards between wings and smaller ones within the wings provide green soothing relief. Even the plants on stair landings and in planters of parapets enliven and cheer up the place.

The functional interrelationships were studied and short, direct routes worked out, so that the common man (sometimes illiterate) does not get confused and spend valuable time and energy in locating a function.

The central arrival atrium becomes the key orientation landmark.

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