A mirror of traditions. Hospital of Chinese Medicine in Weihai

The architecture of the hospital of traditional medicine in the city of Weihai is not a copy of the historical style, but a subtle study of the typologies of the Chinese xiheyuan and "houses in the forest".

The architects of the GLA studio received the task of designing a hospital complex on a plot in the middle of a protected pine forest, where a hotel with bungalows, which had long since fallen into disrepair, had previously been located. On an area of ​​about 8 square meters, the institution involved in the East New Town district development program, the Kangyang Yile Sanatorium and the Medical Care House are located.

Gallery passages connect the courtyards of the hospital complex. Photo: Li Yao

The central courtyard of the complex. Photo: Li Yao

View of the complex from the top. Photo: Li Yao

Using the forms of the Chinese xiheyuan estate, decorative elements inherent in the traditional style, the designers created a format in which history is the basis of modern functional architecture.

A series of several courtyards are grouped around a spacious patio with a pond, lawn and paving. Each of the small yards also has its own focal point - it's either a raised pool, or a flat pond, or a group of conifers or seedbeds - a garden bonsai. Transitions along the axes - from south to north and from west to east - permeate the complex, making the territory convenient for long walks, and every turn opens up a new unique landscape.

Architecture of the "Second Yard". Photo: Li Yao

In the "Second Courtyard" the architects used ancient heavenly and earthly symbols. The canopy above the square space, symbolizing the earth, has a round opening (referring to the sky and the sky), and the round pond in the center of the site reflects the sky like a mirror. The theme of the circle and, accordingly, the sky, is then continued in the adjacent yard and transitions - with circular window openings.

Repetition of the "heavenly" theme. Photo: Li Yao

Photo: Li Yao

When choosing building materials, the architects of GLA abandoned the traditional gray tiles and wood, preferring modern and technological aluminum, artificial stone and brick, thereby putting a margin of safety in the project for many years. The tree was used only as an accent - beams and columns of galleries and blinds, which provide privacy in the sanatorium rooms, are made from it.

Photo: Li Yao

Aerial view of the hospital complex. Photo: Li Yao

On the territory of the complex there is also a rock garden, swimming pools and a garden with greenhouses for patients who like to spend time tending to plants.

Combinations of white, light-gray stone, aluminum screens and shiny water surface, minimalistic design give completely traditional architecture a new and modern sound. Meadows, pines and lawns remind us of the close connection of Chinese medicine with nature.