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OMA reimagines future of hospitals, renders 'al daayan' health district with new video

rethinking the hospital in doha


Led by Reinier de Graaf, OMA introduces its Al Daayan Health District, which will be realized in Doha, Qatar. The team seeks to reimagine the hospital, a feat which is an urgent priority in the context of rapidly advancing medical innovation. Located on an untouched, 1.3 million square-meter site between Qatar University and the new Lusail City, the Al Daayan Health District presents the perfect opportunity — the architects note that it offers the possibility for a new symbiosis between architecture and medical science.

OMA doha health districtall images © HMC



OMA’s sprawling health district


Led by Reinier de Graaf, the team at OMA presents its Al Daayan Health District with a threefold program — a tertiary teaching hospital, a women’s and children’s hospital and an ambulatory diagnostics center. The project will have a total capacity of 1,400 beds, all joined into a single structure. Clinical facilities occupy the first floor while bed wards are located on the ground floor, reducing the dependency on elevators and allowing patients to enjoy the complex’s generous gardens — healing spaces with a long history in Islamic medical architecture.

OMA doha health district



contemporary ornamentation


OMA’s Doha health district will be made up of cross-shaped modular units, prefabricated onsite. These modules can be reconfigured and expanded with minimal disruption to ongoing processes, significantly lowering the cost of future adaptations. 3D-printing allows for endless variations in the design of the facades, reintroducing ornament to the hospital — a type of architecture usually characterized by austerity.


A high-tech farm supplies food and medical plants for the local production of medicine. All supporting facilities are connected to the hospitals by an automated underground circulation system. A dedicated logistics center and solar farm enable the district to function autonomously.

OMA reimagines future of hospitals, renders 'al daayan' health district with new video




project info:


project title: Al Daayan
architecture: OMA / Reinier de Graaf
client: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)
program: medical masterplan
built area: 629,000 square meters
partner in charge: Reinier de Graaf
project architect: Kaveh Dabiri
project manager: Alex de Jong
team: Pablo Antuna Molina, Claudio Araya, Bozar Ben-zeev, Joana Cidade, Benedetta Gatti, Eve Hocheng, Sofia Hosszufalussy, Hanna Jankowska, Tijmen Klone, Marina Kounavi, Hans Larsson, Roza Matveeva, Geert Reitsma, Alex Retegan, Silvia Sandor, Elisa Versari, Arthur Wong
visualizations: OMA, tegmark | @tegmark | all © HMC



masterplan engineering: Buro Happold
clinical architect: Henning Larsen Architects, Dutch Healthcare Architects

stakeholder management: Engineering Consultants Group
landscape architect: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
cost adviser: De Leeuw Group
wayfinding: Spaceagency

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