Başakşehir Pine and Sakura City Hospital
Award of Merit
Owner: Rönesans Healthcare Investment and Sojitz Corp.
Lead Design Firm and Contractor: Rönesans Holding Engineering Group
Architects: Perkins + Will Architects and Yazdan Architects
Civil Engineers: Arup and Rönesans Holding Engineering Group
Structural Engineer: Arup
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: GMD Engineers
Electrical Engineer: RAM Engineers
This project’s name, meaning “pine and cherry blossom,” is symbolic of the close collaboration between the Turkish firm Rönesans Healthcare Investment and Japanese collaborator Sojitz Corp. on this public-private partnership.
Located near a seismically active fault, the hospital needed to meet the highest seismic-safety standards. The resulting design produced the largest base-isolated building in the world. The 2,068 triple-friction pendulum isolators allow the complex to safely shift horizontally more than two ft during an earthquake.
The 1,021,265-sq-m complex was built in just 32 months, officially opening its doors in May 2020. Despite the breakneck pace, the project maintained a strong safety record, achieving a lost-time injury frequency rate of 0.14 for its more than 10,000 workers.
The hospital is expected to serve 35,000 people a day in busy Istanbul.