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KJPK Basel Headquarters Design Competition 2012/
A competition, arranged by Basel State Council, looks to create a new psychiatric clinic for children and adolescents on the campus of the Universitat Psychiatrie Klinik Basel (UPK), based in the North of the city. The building will bring together 7 clinics spread around the city into one place and be supplemented with an additional school building.
The requirements of the brief for the Neubau Kinder und Jugendpsychiatrie Klinik (KJPK) were: to create a psychiatric clinic which did not appear as a typical ‘clinic’ or ‘hospital’ facility; the realisation of spaces for recreational activities, retreat and meditation; to maintain the link with the UPK while also emphasizing the independence of the KJPK.
A simple and clear organisation of space characterises the layout of the design. Three L-shaped residential areas are arranged around two internal courtyard spaces. The day hospital and department for children are located on the ground floor with the department for adolescents above.
The main entrance and all of the public building facilities are located in the North West corner of the building. Architecturally the low rectilinear structure of the KJPK building is understoof as part of the sequence of large scale function- specific buildings located to the North of the UPK campus.