The Ruth Rappaport Children Hospital, Haifa - Sharon Architects, constructed 2014
The 17,000 sqm (Cost: 40 Million €) building is shaped as amonolithic cube clad with white aluminum. Two atriums are planned in the open space of the building to serve as stages of activity, some rooms will protrude into the atrium space like theater boxes.
Various activities are planned to take place on the stages. Each floor will be designed with a special theme to give the children a sense of belonging and to ease the trauma associated with hospitalization. Named for philanthropist Ruth Rappaport, this facility is the only one of its kind in Northern Israel, encompassing seven inpatient departments and over 20 professional units. This modern and spacious facility will provide children and their families with a friendly and supportive environment conducive to health and healing. The nine-story Ruth Rappaport Children's Hospital opened its doors in June of 2014, and is one of the most advanced and sophisticated children’s hospitals in the country. As part of Rambam’s overall plan to assure the safety and security of all patients and staff, the bottom three floors of the hospital are fortified against missile attacks.
The hospital includes all standard facilities essential for a regional hospital. In addition, there is a science museum, movie theater, classrooms, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and a healing garden. These comfortable surroundings provide healthy distractions for sick children and welcome their families and friends at this difficult time in their lives.
Sharon Architects is one of the oldest design firms in Israel. Since it was founded 75 years ago by Arie Sharon- "Bauhaus man", it has specialized in planning public buildings in Israel and overseas: universities, neighborhoods and residential towers, hospitals, retirement homes, schools, libraries, museums, cinemas, hotels, master plans, and cultural structures. Heading the firm is Architect Arad Sharon, a graduate of the A.A School of Architecture in London.