Vehicular Drop-off and Loading
The patient drop-off area is designed to prevent traffic jams and permit the utmost efficiency, while decreasing crossing circulation and visitor confusion. The primary access for Health Screening, Outpatient and Inpatient visitors is from Hengqin Avenue to the south of the building, but to attain their efficiency goals, the team opted to separate outpatient and inpatient traffic. As such, outpatient drop-off and arrival occur at Level B1 below grade, while inpatient drop-off occurs on the level below.
Emergency and Service access is from the side street on the east, separated from the busy access point on the south. Emergency and Trauma drop-off occur at grade, above where outpatient and inpatient drop-offs occur. Loading occurs on Level B1 and is efficiently planned to link coordination corridors and elevators at the perimeter of the basement parking zone.
By bringing vehicular circulation below grade, the footprint of the campus at ground level can be devoted primarily to healing and performative landscape space, and pedestrian traffic flows do not cross vehicular traffic flows. However, the multi-level atrium spaces are designed to allow for a consistent entry experience for visitors arriving both by car and by foot, with a shared landing space that helps to orient visitors regardless of their mode of travel.