Regional customs and practices significantly influence architectural approaches in the diverse world of global healthcare design. While the United States prioritizes functional aspects such as code compliance, schedule, and cost, the approach in China places greater emphasis on incorporating elements of nature and Feng Shui, while in the Middle East, family involvement is deeply integrated into a patient’s recovery process. More than medical technology, these are the factors that initiate discussions with international healthcare clients, where Perkins Eastman has been progressively establishing its presence for the past 20 years. “We seamlessly blend these cultural nuances with modern international healthcare standards to create healing environments tailored to the specific needs of local communities,” says Brad Perkins, co-founder and chairman of Perkins Eastman.
Green Healing: Nature’s Integration in Chinese Hospitals
Nature is a critical component of overall health and well-being in traditional Chinese culture. This belief stems from the ancient Chinese Tao philosophy that emphasizes harmony between humans and the natural world. Incorporating elements of nature into the design of Xi’an Zhongda International Hospital in Xi’an, China, was one of the most integral parts of the project for the Perkins Eastman design team.