Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital
This new public hospital in the state of Kedah has been designed to accommodate 660 beds with a final capacity of 800 beds, providing secondary and selected tertiary care on a referral basis. The 70-acre site is located 7km from the existing hospital in Alor Setar and about 3km from the town of Langgar. The development also includes ancillary buildings such as a Nurses Training College with full-boarding facilities for 600 trainees, staff hostel accommodation for 100 nurses, 218 apartment units, and outdoor sport facilities and a nursery.
Envisaged to be a model hospital for Malaysia in the 21st Century, care was taken in its design as an efficient, modern healthcare facility equipped with high-tech equipment within an IT driven environment. The various zones and hospital departments have been grouped to form 3 major components – a 3-storey Diagnostic and Treatment Block, another 3-storey Hospital Support Block and a centrally-located 7-storey Nursing Block housing the various wards. Architectural treatment of the roofs with their generous overhangs features prominently in the Hospital complex; with the concrete fins and the aluminium sunshading screens (which double as security screens), the handling of direct sun and rain intrusion also serves the purposes for facade modulation and articulation.