Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore



Location: Yishun Central, Singapore
Client: Alexandra Hospital
Completion: 2010

Site area: 105,000 m2

Awards: 2009  BCA Green Mark Platinum Award

                2010  Skyrise Greenery Award, First Prize

                2011  Universal Design Award (Gold)

                           11th SIA Architectural Design Awards

                           President’s Design Award
                           MIPIM Asia Awards (Silver)

               2012  BCA Construction Excellence Awards


In 2006 RMJM’s design in partnership with CPG Consultants (Pte. Ltd., Executive Architect) was chosen for a new 550-bed hospital in Yishun, Singapore. The concept behind the aesthetic organisation of the hospital was driven by the utilisation of the natural advantages of the site; given the benefits of natural surroundings, the design team developed the idea of ‘the Hospital in a Garden.’ Yishun Pond itself grew to be a central feature of the design with inpatient units face the pond. The pond provides a soothing waterscape view for staff and patients in the nursing towers at the eastern edge of the 32,000 sqm site, while the garden landscape greets visitors, patients and staff at the entry to Yishun Central Avenue at the western extremity. A series of planted terraces between upper floor patient towers culminate the ‘garden hospital’ experience.

The facility employs several innovative energy-efficient features, including a unique structural layout designed to provide up to 70% of the floor area with natural ventilation while reducing energy costs by as much as 50%. Some of the unique design features of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital include carefully planned window placements to enhance daylight while reducing glare in every ward. The design reserves a significant portion of the first subterranean level for vital facilities such as triage, treatment, surgery and holding spaces, which are blast-protected. The hospital harnesses clean and renewable energy through solar energy systems to help offset the carbon footprint. Solar panels are used to convert solar energy directly into electricity, while a solar thermal system produces hot water. Water from Yishun Pond is channelled to the hospital’s irrigation systems and treated before it is used for landscaping needs. When it rains, sensors regulate the water source to prevent wastage while Low Impact Development (LID) tree box filters reduce the amount of stormwater runoff to nearby clean sources (such as rivers and lakes) while also storing the water to be released at a time of lower precipitation. The filters under the trees capture pollutants, which are then filtered out before allowing the excess water to drain into a different area of vegetation. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital boosts an energy efficiency level up to 30% higher than traditional hospitals.


About RMJM
Founded by Sir Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall in 1956, RMJM Group has studios across five continents and is recognised as one of the largest, most geographically and culturally diverse architecture firms.

Images of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
(Credit: RMJM)