Lucerne Children’s Hospital
in partnership with Weber Reinhardt

Kinderspital, Luzern, Fischer Architekten AG Zürich

This competition entry that was awarded first prize proposes a compact new replacement building for Lucerne Children’s Hospital. The project shows a clear internal organisation and a differentiated interior with plenty of light and transparency, as well as surprising spatial relationships.

The Children’s Hospital of Lucerne Canton Hospital lies close to the River Reuss, on the north-western periphery of Lucerne city centre. Against the background of free choice of hospital and the the related importance of ensuring that the infrastructure remains state-of-the-art, a competition was set up for the modernisation of the hospital. The built intervention was required to take account of the increasing numbers of patients and staff and, equally, medical progress and the more stringent quality regulations.
When working on the project it became clear that, due to the measures called for and the spatial changes that they involved, the existing grid could no longer be used. The compact new replacement building that was therefore proposed takes up the existing urban grain and is placed in a spatial relationship to the existing eye clinic. A joint forecourt forms the place of arrival. The Children’s Hospital is convincing through the clarity of its internal organisation. Visitors can be guided into the day clinic from the function level, decoupled from the operations department, acute and intensive care stations.

The two-storey foyer and two courtyards staggered in relation to each other break up the rigid system of spaces, creating a differentiated, child-friendly internal world with plenty of light, transparency and surprising spatial relationships at a scale appropriate to the child.

Kantonsspital 33, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
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Task Newly built replacement for a children’s hospital
Job type Competition after prequalification, in partnership with Weber Reinhardt
Mention 1st prize
Deliverables Project (commission was suspended for financial reasons)
Time period 2009–2010
Challenge Integration in an existing hospital complex, economic efficiency