A glimpse of the future
We are building our future right now. The architectonically exceptional construction of our new ward block has already attracted attention and interest from far beyond the borders of the State of Thuringia today.
The novel circular structure not only looks stylish, it is also ecologically valuable with its wood and glass façade. Despite many refinements and details, this innovative new building will not cost more than a conventional hospital.
You may be impressed by the external appearance, but don’t be deceived: We are not a private hospital. Our house is open to everyone! And we take our responsibility to provide standard primary care as a community hospital very seriously. But in the future we hope to attract patients nationally and internationally who decide to visit the Waldkliniken Eisenberg in Thuringia on the basis of the architecture, the healing surroundings and the outstanding medicine.
And already today, you can enjoy medical treatment and nursing care of the highest level at the Waldkliniken Eisenberg. It is not without reason that we were awarded the title of “Germany’s best hospital“ in our class in the F.A.Z. study.
♦ Start of construction work: July 2016
♦ 246 beds in 128 rooms (10 private rooms)
♦ 5 full storeys = ground floor + 4 upper floors, plus basement and technical centre on the roof
♦ Diameter of the circle at the outer edge of the façade approx. 65m
♦ Side length of the quadratic inner courtyard approx. 31m; usable space: 8,742m²
♦ Gross floor area: 16,550m²
♦ Gross cubic capacity: 66,450m³
Focus on the individual
The architecture is revolutionary for a hospital, visible from the outside with the façade dominated by wood and glass, but also reflected in the interior design. Our room concept is unique among German hospitals and is an idea of the star architect and designer Matteo Thun.
► “When designing a hospital, the individual is the absolute focus of attention. With our concept, we want to influence the relationship between physical space and well-being.”
Matteo Thun (Architect)
► “We wanted to prove that it is possible to build a hotel that also functions as a hospital.”
David-Ruben Thies (Managing Director of the Waldkliniken Eisenberg)
In 2013, the internationally renowned and award-winning architect and designer Matteo Thun was successful in the bidding process for the new ward block (HDR GmbH/Matteo Thun & Partner S.R.L). Thun was convincing with his ecologically sustainable and cost-efficient concept.
A patient hotel – this is the goal with which we started planning in 2013 and with which we have been constructing our lighthouse project since 2016. An exterior façade made of glass and wood will give our patients a free view into the surrounding forest in the future and will thus help them in their recovery. In the interior, rooms for different functions, retreat and recovery complement each other.
"Premium Hospitality in Nature" is our guiding principle. It combines hospitality with medical excellence in a healing environment.
Normal standards are looked at anew. Among other things, the patient rooms are of much higher quality and are rated above the average standard for hospitals in Germany. There will predominantly be two-bed rooms. Through the design and arrangement of the beds, the bathroom and the conservatory, it is possible to retreat or also to have a meeting place close to the bed.
In order for the planned concept to function smoothly in reality, we have thought ahead here, too. With our mock-up room (sample and test room construction) in the patient garden, we were able to reconsider the planning and thus enable even better comfort in the new ward block.
The standard and private rooms were replicated one-to-one, enabling doctors, nurses and also the planning team to gain a comprehensive insight into the future conditions and processes. The new ward block is due to open in 2020.
Almost everyone ought to have encountered Matteo Thun at some time or other in their everyday lives. Perhaps not personally, but in the form of one of the many products he has designed.
Among other things, Thun has designed espresso cups for Illy, wristwatches for Swatch, not to mention washbasins, toilets, vases and office chairs. And, as an architect, naturally houses, hotels, office buildings as well as the “City of Wood”, a whole estate of terraced houses made of wood.
Matteo Thun’s credo is simplicity
Thun is considered one of Europe’s most active designers. His motto: “eco – non ego”. He is very in touch with nature, propagates non-design and makes little fuss about himself and his work.
His credo is simplicity. This is a recurring theme throughout his career. “In the USA‚ ‘The new normality’ is already an established concept for modern aesthetics. Only we Europeans still have a little difficulty embracing this,” explains Thun.
Already in the design of the Illy espresso cup he made use of the sensation of the normal. “After I had drawn this cup in 1991, it was copied thousands and thousands of times and by every possible porcelain manufacturer. Why? Because it’s incredibly normal,” says Thun. “It looks almost exactly like how a five-year-old child would draw a cup.”
Matteo Thun’s mentor was Ettore Sottsass
Thun was born in Bolzano in 1952, his parents ran a porcelain company. At art school in Salzburg he was a pupil of the artist Oskar Kokoschka, from whom he learned, in his own words, the “Discipline of seeing”.
He studied architecture in Florence and came into contact “with the iron discipline of a holistic genius” in his mentor Ettore Sottsass. Together with him, he founded the Memphis Group in 1981 and was its youngest member, before becoming independent with his own office "Thun & Partners" in Milan in 1984, which also has a subsidiary in Shanghai today.
With around 60 employees, Matteo Thun develops projects in the fields of design, architecture and interior architecture.
Matteo Thun’s special relationship with wood
Wood plays a dominant role as a building material. For Thun, it is even the material of the 21st century.
“In contrast to concrete and cement, wood becomes ever more beautiful with age,” declares Thun. “A wooden façade is similar to the face of an old farmer’s wife in the alps, who goes out onto the mountain pastures every day and whose skin is marked by deep furrows. Everyone will say: What a beautiful woman. You can observe the same effect with the ancient hay barns made of larch, which you can find all over the Alps. Patina is a quality characteristic, in the human face and in architecture alike.”
The much-cited concept of sustainability is not so much the basis as the normal consequence of responsible building. “For me, the term sustainability is completely redundant, a pleonasm. Because, for an architect, it should go without saying that one should build ecologically and sustainably. If you don’t do that, you’re not an architect,” says Thun.
You know the classical hospital institution: up to three beds next to each other, maybe separated by a curtain. This model will soon be history at the Waldkliniken Eisenberg.
In our modern two-bed rooms, furnished to a standard far higher than the German average, you will have more personal privacy in future.
As a result of the way in which the beds, the bathroom and the conservatory are arranged, you have the option of retreating to your own space or alternatively of meeting others close to your bed.
Go out to eat!
Going out to eat is part of social life. To ensure that you get back to feeling good in such a setting after your stay at the Waldkliniken Eisenberg, in future you can “practise” this in our Piazza. Go out for a meal! Meet other people! Get into a conversation! Culinary delicacies in pleasant company support the healing process just as much as correct therapy.
♦ 50 seats
♦ 8 tables
In the future, guests will be able to enjoy the culinary delights of the Piazza late into the evening.