Waldkliniken Rudolf Elle
Eisenberg, Germany
HDR TMK Planungsgesellschaft mbH*
Built-in furniture, Doors, Partition walls, wall cladding, Windowboards

Clinic with hotel character

Anyone entering the ward block of the Waldkliniken Eisenberg will hardly believe that they are in a hospital. This is because the building has the appearance of a hotel, but accommodates a total of up to 246 patients from one of Europe's leading orthopedic university clinics. Here, the concept of a hospital has been rethought from the ground up - and architecturally integrated into the context of the surrounding nature in a unique way by aligning all patient rooms within the round structure to the surrounding nature.

Bringing nature into the object

The basic idea for the new building of the Waldkliniken Eisenberg comes from the concept of "Healing Architecture", i.e. here unique architecture, first-class design and natural materials play together to make an active contribution to the recovery of patients. Many surfaces in the interior are made of wood or wood-based materials, the color concept is based throughout on stylishly combined natural tones, and in the more heavily used areas of the patients' rooms, wood-based materials from Pfleiderer with realistic decors and surface structures are used. The decors were selected in close coordination between the Pfleiderer consultants, HDR architects and the interior specialists from Matteo Thun.

Upscale equipment as standard

The interior concept can be experienced throughout all areas - from the reception to the catering and recreation rooms to the ward rooms. The restructuring of the patient rooms is particularly groundbreaking. For a municipal clinic in public ownership, the occupancy of double rooms is a given. By arranging the floor space in a Z-shape, it is possible to define two spatial zones that nevertheless allow a high degree of privacy within the generous design. Winter gardens, each of which can be used equally by two neighboring rooms, function as a meeting zone and facilitate contact with nature for orthopedic patients at the beginning of their recovery. The room concept is completed by permanently installed cabinets, wardrobes and sideboards made of Duropal composite elements. This is where Pfleiderer's HPL surface comes into its own: excellent durability and cleanability combined with a high-quality, realistic wood look - flexibly processable as a Duropal composite element.

Perfection in every detail

It is the many details in concept and execution that make up the special quality of the Bettenhaus in Eisenberg. Here, tried-and-tested principles from the hotel and hospital construction sectors have been merged in a hitherto unique way. In addition to the well thought-out structure and the finesse of the design of the patient rooms, the building has a total of four restaurants, for example, which set the tone with fresh, seasonal cuisine and invite guests to linger. For guests of the Jewish faith, a prayer room consecrated as a synagogue is part of the facilities. And a patient-centric IT portal actively involves guests in the treatment and recovery process. The fact that only 13 of the 246 beds are for private patients demonstrates another remarkable aspect of the Waldkliniken: Despite all the special features, it is a regular district hospital with a fixed budget. With construction costs per square meter in the same order of magnitude as a usual new hospital building of the same size!