Health & Wellness, University Hospital Center

New University Hospital Center in Guadeloupe

The Pointe-à-Pitre University Hospital / Les Abymes reflects the lifestyle of the Grande- Terre island in a building capable to provide ongoing medical services despite the island’s extreme environmental conditions.

The University Hospital Centre of Pointe-à-Pitre/les Abymes was intended to serve as a hospital centre outfitted with cutting-edge modern technologies, while offering a simple, easy-to- understand and welcoming architectural language. Designed to operate under all circumstances despite the island’s extreme conditions, the new hospital complex offers up-to-date and continuously developing medical services. It provides a pleasant and functional working environment for the staff. It provides patients and visitors with high-quality reception services, medical care and hospital services as a public service that reflects the specific features and constraints of the Guadeloupe archipelago.

The complex is built in the area of Rue Caraibe, the backbone leading to the various specialised centres. The hospital core is the Shared Technical Platform, which pools together all the support functions of diagnosis, treatment and emergency care, consisting of equipment at the cutting edge of the medical technology.

The silhouette of the building glides along the gentle slope, outlining the surrounding landscape in harmony with the curved roofing of the central street. The Centre is built in an environment subject to a unique cluster of climatic and tectonic risk factors. The hospital is fully prepared to manage health crises and has the capability to take in a massive inflow of casualties in the event of pandemic disasters or trauma events, providing, if necessary, an isolation unit. It is built to withstand the most devastating earthquakes in the region by means of a system of insulators, detaching it from the tectonic movements, and can withstand cyclones, which are frequent occurrence in Guadeloupe, thanks to a set of fully protected tunnels and access points that can be adapted as necessary in an emergency. In light of the rapid developments in equipment and hospital needs, the building offers great flexibility to meet all types of future expansions. This top- of-the-line hospital complex offers a symbiosis between the “standard” technical performance and the spatial and cultural universe of the Caribbean, and is fully adapted to the climate, environmental factors and to the island’s way of life.

  • Customer:CHU de la Guadeloupe, Icade/Semsaman
  • Team:architecturestudio (mandataire), Babel, l'Agence, Ingérop
  • Program:CHU M.C.O de 618 lits et places
  • Year:2018
  • Surface:85 000 m²
  • Cost:302 000 000 €
  • Status:En chantier 2011

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