We believe that the appearance of our proposed hospital and research centre should also be able to stand out on a global scale.
The plans below were kindly designed hospital by Llewelyn Davies, a firm with 50+ years of UK and international experience in over 75 countries and recognised universally as a brand leader in healthcare.
The centre intends to facilitate young cancer patients with modren facilties and worldclass research labs.
The project aims to create an alternative model of a hospital with an environment that will provide a cheerful and peaceful atmosphere for the children and their families- with the aid of gardens, play grounds and open spaces.
We propose an open entrance situated along elevated and organic surfaces of plants and trees. The open entrance hall leads into an open central courtyard which acts as the the reception hall and the distribution hub. The central court yard typology of the hospital is a response to the harsh weather of Rafsanjan.
The re-occuring use of natural spaces plays an important role in the rehabilitation of young patients. We propose a hospital in the lay out of a park. Spatial organization of the hospital creates horizontal platforms of green playgrounds which are shaded by the overhanging volumes above.
Moving through the building, there is a constant contact and intervention with the green landscape and,thus, inviting the children to experience the freedom of use and playfulness which aims to encourage hope and happiness.
The details of the clinical design of the planned childhood cancer healthcare centre are illustrated here.
The Avicenna Project’s aim is to build a modern sanctuary in a convenient location for its patients for its first case study in Iran. Our proposed location for the centre is in the city of Rafsanjan in the province of Kerman located in the southeastern part of the country.
The founder of this project has dedicated his inheritance to this project and also an estate with the approximate area of 9000 square meters loacted in the grounds of the city’s main hospital.
The preliminary plans can be seen below, kindly developed in partnership with Lwellyn Davies.
Rafsanjan is well known as the city of green and red gold, due to its pistachio farms and being located in the close vicinity of the second largest copper deposit in the world.
The city is well connected through highways to the cities of Kerman and Yazd. Rafsanjan also has an international airport as well as a railway station which renders transportation from and to the city effortless.
The city has a well established education system. Rafsanjan University of Medical sciences (RUMS) was founded in 1986 consisting of three main schools of medicine, dentistry and nursing. There are 214 academic members present in RUMS and it offers 18 courses. Currently RUMS is educating 288 medical students and manages the public hospitals of the city. The university has had decent progress such that in less than six years since its foundation as a school in the university of Rafsanjan, it turned into an independent university. As for the medical students’ primary stage training, it ranked second in the country in 2002.
According to the head of Rafsanjan’s main hospital there are 14 paediatric specialists, 1 paediatric cardiologist and 1 paediatric surgical specialist working in Rafsanjan. At the moment, there is no centre in Rafsanjan that provides treatment to any of the cancer patients, neither adults nor the children. With regards to the availability of nurses, with the current job market, there are more nurses asking for placement than the positions available in the city.
Consequently, with the potentials and perspectives seen for Rafsanjan and the demands in Kerman and the region, establishing a centre to support children with cancer can not only help with this drastic problem and is justified but it can also inspire a new atmosphere to the city.
The main challenge for providing facilities to such cities in Iran has been financing, operation management and infrastructure development rather than lack of potentials.