Cannon Design has unveiled its proposal for a mixed-use Cancer Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Originally envisioned as a “private hospital serving patients that can afford a high quality of health care,” the project transformed into a partnership between the public and private sector after preliminary feasibility studies determined the price of the site to be prohibitively high.
Thus, the project expanded to become a mixed-use complex with ownership shared between socially minded city government and private investors.
The facility will include a cancer hospital, public parking, housing for low-income families, shops, gardens, and recreation, as well as an adult education center to provide training for hospital staff.
The cost of land and availability of suitable sites in the city demand a dense, vertically-organized complex. The building section shows how living quarters and public amenities are woven into the structure, never interfering with the hospital operations. Formally the center resembles the character of the city which is defined by the favelas perched on the hills, overlooking the city skyscrapers beneath explained the architects.
Construction for the center is currently on hold due to “economic conditions in Brazil,” but has not been canceled.
News via Cannon Design.