Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medical University


Shuguang Hospital

“For the healthcare designers and planners involved in creating this (TCM) teaching hospital… it was the meeting of an ancient culture with modern western concepts of healthcare.”

—Healthcare Design Magazine


The first of its kind in China, this medical facility combines traditional Chinese and Western medicine in a new, state-of-the-art hospital campus. Designed for both teaching and practice, Shuguang Hospital is a modern, 750-bed academic medical center profoundly influenced by key tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a 3,000-year-old body of knowledge.

Thoughtful architectural design is vital to this mission. In traditional Chinese practice, the influence of the environment affects all facets of care, from diagnosis and treatment through the full healing process. The hospital’s sense of serenity serves this patient well-being.

Abundant natural light enters through a multi-layered exterior envelope, which references traditional Chinese architecture and ancient principles of Feng Shui. The equilibrium of nature to manmade—yin and yang—is expressed in the overall design, with an enhanced natural watercourse flowing through the site. The five elements of TCM are food, fire, earth, metal and water, which all find expression in various healing gardens and courtyards—planted with traditional medicines such as ginseng, ginkgo biloba and ginger—dotted throughout this technically advanced facility.

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