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The 440,000-square-foot King Hussein Cancer Center will be the premier cancer research and treatment center for Jordan and surrounding countries in the Middle East region.
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. This design lessens the impact of the 14-story 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. 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 at night, openly displaying the lifesaving activities occurring within the building.
The comprehensive cancer center will feature 152 adult and pediatric inpatient rooms, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment facilities and outpatient clinics. The design will implement best practices and benchmarks from top American cancer centers across the United States, along with following design guidelines set by the American Institute of Architects for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities and the Joint Commission International Standards for Accreditation. The cancer center will offer the most advanced cancer technology available to date. It is envisioned to be a healing environment for the mind, body and spirit addressing the full range of medical, psychological and social issues associated with cancer care.
in association with SIGMA – Consulting Engineers