Situated on the resort beach of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, there is a new building that might be mistaken for a five star resort hotel. It does indeed boast a restaurant designed by an international chef. It has a grand piano in its lobby. The lobby also boasts overstuffed chairs and fluffy sofas, and artwork by the internationally famous Japanese artist, Yakuta Toyota. Alas, this is not a hotel, however. It is a hospital called thh Copa Star. It is the brainchild of D’Or’s Jorge Moll, the executive of the company. He decided that D’Or should build a luxury hospital.
And, it is luxurious. The patients’ rooms are suites of rooms, each with its own bathroom. Each suite has an electronic tablet to be used by the patient to control the drapes, the temperature, and even the lighting. The same tablet can be used to contact the staff, the nurses, or even the doctors. The doctor can call the patient on the tablet and discuss and show the patient the latest test results.
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Each of the 59 intensive care rooms have a spacious, large screen video feed of the beach, the corridors in the hospital, or even the street outside. This is to give the intensive care unit patient the feeling of seeing the world, because of the closed-in feeling of isolation that is the complaint of most intensive care unit patients.
The restaurant was designed by a chef, and it does not serve the cafeteria-style food that a lot of hospitals serve. It has a gourmet food menu that competes with any in the world.
The operating rooms (there are nine of them) boast the latest robot equipment and machinery. The doctors can run tests as they are operating, both at the same time.
D’Or plans to open more hospitals like the Copa Star. They are planning one in Brasilia and one in Sao Paulo. The operate a number of hospitals in Brazil.
A new construction method was initiated in building the Copa Star. Because of its narrow size, construction equipment had to be refitted to work in the small area. This led to the creation of a new style of making concrete, leading to a savings of 50 per cent of the energy costs.
We will likely be hearing more about D’Or as the company expands its new idea on luxury hospitals.
View the design at RafArquitetura