Awards and certifications
The project was designed in RT (Thermal Regulation) 2005, LCB level / compliant to the RT 2012
Ambulant surgery is ISO 9001 certified for the entirety of the healthcare process.
Winner of the 2016 SIMI Grand Prize, category “Service building”
Two interconnected facilities
The specificity of the projects resides in the interaction between the hospital and the house of consultations. The two facilities, that opened in January 2016, are in close proximity and complement each other. They offer continuity of healthcare in a single space. The facilities are tied together by a common square and footbridge. On the outskirts of Saint-Brieuc, with a direct link to the Brest-Rennes axis, the Private Hospital of the Côtes-d’Armor and the House of Consultations represent a major aspect of the healthcare reconfiguration of the Côtes-d’Armor department. The plot is located in the Arrivée zone, a new space dedicated to healthcare activities in a typically agricultural and forested Breton area. The underlying architectural concept sought to highlight the identity of each building and differentiate it from their neighbour. Each facility assumes a posture consistent with its role and placement, while breaking free from its architectural form.
The Private Hospital of the Côtes-d’Armor: a shimmering case for an innovative healthcare institution
The architecture of the Private Hospital of the Côtes-d’Armor achieves a clear-cut material distinction between functions. A concrete plinth supports the reception and a stainless steel structure organises the flows around the operating theatre. Two zinc “straps” host the rooms. The evanescence of the façade, made up of stainless-steel solar shading blades, anchors the hospital in its environment via its reflections and vibrations. The contrasting zinc bed wings are akin to ribbed and perforated sails, conjuring up images of a protective shell. The architects were able to seamlessly integrate the functional units, thereby creating ease of movement thanks to short routes. Direct access to the theatre is but of one the examples. Furthermore, the ambulant unit is hosted on a single platform. The ambulant surgery unit is ISO 9001 certified for the entirety of the healthcare process. The hospital’s healthcare process is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind service recognised by the Health Ministry. In a single area, the facility provides the patient and his relatives with attention, as well as channel for exchanges and support. This innovative hospital is equipped with videoconference and telemedicine apparatus. Three operating rooms are fully integrated with such equipment. In terms of energy consumption, besides the 47 solar panels installed on the roof, the building meets the LBC (Low Consumption Building) 2012 standard. This was achieved by implementing a well-thought-out process: exterior insulation, regulation of direct solar light, passive cooling via external solar protection, adjusted lighting, limited capacity toilets, low maintenance materials and internal deliveries with a pneumatic device.
House of Consultations: a sculpted volume unfurling around a patio
A raw, white, coruscating stamped concrete bloc emerges from the ground. It unfurls around a mineral fault and rises from a side of the square, creating a space that binds the two facilities. The three levels of the structure overcome the natural declivity of the terrain and offer a twofold interpretation, depending on your perspective. This insertion enables the mitigation of the building’s environmental impact. It also fosters dialogue with the built environment and allows users to get a sense of scale. A triple height crosscutting hall binds the levels together. Bathed in light, the hall represents the heart of the project, where users can circulate vertically. The skyline’s layout infuses energy and movement in the volume and a number of protrusions confer identity to the project. Delicately resting on vast bay windows, the receding façades are highlighted by dropped shadows which give a certain levity to the building. The volume then recedes and unveils the entrance points. Different aprons are used in the frame layout and the windows randomly intersect at different levels, linked by smooth stained concrete. A vertical pattern emerges in the concrete mass, giving it a certain rhythm and substance as well as generating a subtle clash with the adjacent project. The concrete is produced according to a specific formula, giving it the necessary thermal qualities to comply with the RT2012 standard.
ClientCôtes-d’Armor Private Hospital:
House of Consultations: SAS Plérin
Main ContractorsArchitect: AIA Architectes
Engineering: AIA Ingénierie
Scheduling, Overseeing, Coordination: AIA Management
ProgrammePrivate Hospital of the Côtes-d’Armor: Surgery / Medicine / Woman & Child unit / Examination and paramedical / Specific space for the care of operated children / Playground / Radiology unit / Public cafeteria / Family Accommodation / Shop / Non-medical help for the ill.
House of Consultations: medical laboratory and 13 consultations hubs
Surface(s)Côtes-d’Armor Private Hospital: 23,649 m², 300 beds and 50 ambulant spaces House of Consultations: 4,818 m²