Client: Clalit Medical Services
Executive Architect: Mochly-Eldar Architects
Construction has commenced on Beit Shulamit, a new cancer centre for the Emek Medical Centre in Afula – a regional hospital campus in the north of Israel. It will serve a diverse ethnic population including Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze communities from both Israeli and Palestinian regions, and from a wide spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds.
The new cancer centre is designed to be an inviting and unthreatening intervention within the hospital context, and will be situated east of the main campus’ perimeter road, nestled within extensive landscaped terrain at the foothills of nearby Giv’at Hamoré mountain, with far reaching views across the campus’ surroundings.
The new 3-storey building is arranged upon a generous new ground level deck, which rests over 2 covered car parking levels. The Centre’s three upper floors step down towards the South, to create a terraced arrangement in keeping with the site’s topography. This both enhances the views out of all parts of the building and towards the natural environment, and offers a variety of indoor/outdoor spaces for circulation and reflection. This layout is further accentuated by the architectural language of the new building, which uses overhanging and cantilevered shading elements to enhance the interplay of light and shadow, privacy and public access, and the blurring of traditional building boundaries. This design also aims to maximise the environmental efficiency of the building envelope, as well as enjoy the extensive new planting of trees and vegetation which form an integral part of the project.
The new state-of-the-art centre accommodates a radiation therapy institute, breast cancer care centre, paediatric oncology department, well-being centre, infusion therapy, in-patient department, ambulatory clinics and an advanced research institute, headed by Nobel-prize-winning scientist, Prof. Aharon Chechanover.
Beit Shulamit (“Shulamit House”) is named after the late Dr. Shulamit Katzman, paediatrician, philanthropist and social activist, who died of cancer in 2013.