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Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Wins International Design Award


Constructed in 2010, Khoo Teck Puat hospital spans 8.6 acres and illustrates how a natural landscape design can play a role in human recovery.

The Khoo Teck Puat hospital in Yishun, Singapore, recently received the award for being one of the most "biophilic" buildings in the world.

The Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award is a prize that honors a Yale University academic who helped pioneer "biophilia," a theory regarding humans' affinity with nature. The term can best be defined as a "love of life or living systems."

The International Living Future Institute, which gives out the award, said in a statement, "Khoo Teck Puat surpasses traditional hospitals and opens the door towards a new kind of building type for the healthcare industry, which considers how the build and natural environment can become part of the healing process."

The hospital includes a waterfall, gardens, ponds and an abundance of plants all within its confines.
The inclusion of these natural elements not only help promote the healing process of patients, they also bring in natural wildlife, such as bees, birds and butterflies, as well as endorse environmentally sustainable practices. One report states that the hospital uses 30 percent less energy than other hospitals due to its cooling capabilities, which are bolstered by the large amount of foliage and wind tunnels.

A building like this can serve as a model for future buildings of all types, not just hospitals, as the incorporation of natural elements is not only more energy efficient, it is also more holistic as well.

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August 21, 2019, 1:29 am PDT

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