The surgery department of the University Hospital in Ulm, South Germany, was the first building to receive the new German architectural award for buildings in the hospital and health sector. The German Architects Association "Bund Deutscher Architekten" appreciates its outstanding and modern design, which is strongly supported by the WICONA curtain wall and window solutions.
The structure was designed by Munich based architects KSP Engel and Zimmermann. An independent jury decided for the Ulm hospital and attributes the award in equal party to the architects and developers. The surgery with 15 operating rooms, 235 beds for normal care and 80 beds for intensive care is added to a core building consisting of 2 to 3 floors integrating all functional sectors and a "levitating" wing with patient's rooms.
Two local companies were key to the implementation: WICONA as a supplier of aluminium profile systems and Dodel Metallbau as the fabricator of all metal work. The systems implemented were the WICTEC Curtain wall and the WICLINE windows. Four warm colour tones - yellow, orange, red and brown - give distinction to the appearance and are reproduced in the entire complex, assuring a warm and bright ambiance. Opening sashes in varying colours introduce a special colour and light play into each patients room, making it an exemplary building in the hospital and health sector, as the jury of the award stated in their description. This and the special quality of the design, the functionality and the detailed execution were the base for the decision for the Ulm surgery.