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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

King Hussein Cancer Center, Jordan

An architectural landmark in Jordan
HKS, Inc. was awarded a contract to design The King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC). A premier cancer research and treatment center for Jordan and surrounding countries in the Middle East region, the 880,000 sq ft facility will be an architectural landmark, bolstering the reputation of the center as the regional destination for the treatment and research of cancer.

Senior HKS designer, Enrique Greenwell notes: “Like the city, the design of the building is progressive and modern, yet steeped in tradition, respecting its historic past.

“Reflecting the landscape of the ancient city with its intertwining design, the building façade to the south and east features punctuated fenestration patterns and stepped elements that mimic the hills in the distance,” he continued. “This design lessens the impact of the 14-storey vertical tower in the urban area.”

A glass beacon, the tallest element on the building, can be viewed from major intersections, which converge in the area.

“The Jerusalem stone engages with the glass – as if protecting and highlighting a jewel,” said Greenwell. “Public areas of the building such as the bridge, atrium and family lounges are exposed with glass promoting openness in contrast to the solidity of the stone. The faceted glass is transparent during the day and night, openly displaying the lifesaving activities occurring within the building.”

The cancer center will feature 152 adult and pediatric inpatient rooms, diagnostic and treatment facilities and outpatient clinics.

KHCC is the only healthcare provider in Jordan accredited by the Joint Commission International Standards for Accreditation. Patients will be treated with the latest international protocols and the design will implement best practices from top cancer centers around the world.

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