The entrance area of Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, will transform into a green environment for patients, visitors, employees, students and local residents. In the middle of this park-like landscape, the hospital’s main entrance will be built. A central reception hall in the form of a glass pavilion. The AMC, inaugurated in the early 80s, needed a new main entrance. The current entrance area, a jungle of asphalt and cars, didn’t exactly create an appealing entrance.
The elevated entrance building (about 2,000 m2 gross surface area) is designed as a pavilion and connects the hospital’s main entrance to the polyclinic entrance. Furthermore, it strategically links to the routes in the university hospital.
At parking level, Vorsselmans constructed an oval curtain wall with two different diameters. Visitors enter the building via double doors, each consisting of a turnstile and two pieces of double automatic sliding doors. Via the escalator, visitors ascend to the level of the main pavilion through a circular void.
The main pavilion was constructed with a curtain wall that’s 6m high and has 8 different diameters. This pavilion and its overhanging oval eave are supported by a steel structure resting on four steel columns. The curved top rails of the main pavilion’s curtain wall sit higher than the wooden ceiling.
The ceiling is made of wooden slats that continue at the same level on the outside, under the roof overhang, allowing the round wooden reception desk to stand as a loose element in the space.
Visitors can choose between the main entrance and the outpatient clinic here, via a walkway over parking level.
The walkways largely feature curved curtain walls, allowing visitors to experience a nice flow throughout the hospital. The transition from new to old is accentuated by an area of aluminium cladding on a wooden substructure. This cladding was supplied by Vorsselmans and ensures that, among other things, fire extinguishers and floor heating distributors are skilfully hidden from view.
In the area where the walkways connect to the hospital façades, the existing façade strips were removed.
For this, we devised a custom solution in standard window frames so that the zone around walkways connects seamlessly to the existing building.
The project is characterised by the many curved windows, over 120 of them. The rails were bent by Kersten Europe and the curved plating (including the eaves of the walkways and fascia of the draught lobbies) was manufactured by VPT Perforating Technology.
Demolition waste from the existing entrance will be incorporated into the site paving. All excavated soil will also be reused within the project. The natural environment will be created with lots of vegetation and water, with the realisation of wadis to buffer and allow rainwater to seep into the soil making sure the site can deal with many different weather conditions.
This project is realised by a construction team consisting of MedicomZes, HOMIJ Technische Installaties and Van Kessel Sport & Cultuurtechniek, which are all VolkerWessels enterprises.
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