The design phase of the graduation project partly coincided with the development of the guidelines. In the inititial phase of the design the guidelines were developed and assessed in the concept design of a new oncological center in Leiden, The Netherlands. The design for a new oncological center was meant as a small cancer clinic supporting the oncological departments of the LUMC (Leiden Universitair Medisch Centrum) and Diaconessenziekenhuis in Leiden.
In a triangle between the LUMC and Diaconessenziekenhuis, the new clinic was based in a park-like area, creating a place were cancer patients can retreat in a natural environment
The clinic itself consisted out of five distinct departments, which were placed in five different blocks, creating for the visiting patient a clear visible orientation from inside as well as outside. The open set-up this spread of the building program in different blocks creates, provides the option to create inner gardens and patios in the spaces in between and in this way, inviting nature of the surroundings back in the building.
To further decrease the ‘hospital feeling’ inside the hospital building use has been made u of ‘natural’ materials adjusted to the hygienic requirements as much as possible,