Farrow’s design for the largest cardiology centre in Israel (as well as the region) will proceed with construction this year at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. The 120,000 sq ft center will include inpatient cardiac intensive and intermediate care beds, as well as four catheterization operating suites. The $50 million CAD center will also provide related outpatient services.
Biophilic principles have guided the design by drawing inspiration from fluid, natural organisms rather than tight mechanical systems. The living qualities of Farrow's original master plan for the site are amplified by all four exterior elevations, whle the building layout creates a sense of continuous movement.
The pulsing rhythm of a heart beat is expressed through the graphic rhythm of the terra cotta sun shading structure. This structure pulses open at the main entrances to create a welcoming embrace.
The Cardiology Center’s layout was inspired by the nature of the human circulatory system (corridors) and heart chambers (departments) in a fluid design.
The Kaplan Medical Center (KMC) serves a population of over 700,00, It is one of the largest hospitals in the CLALIT network, Israel’s largest Health Services provider as well as the second largest health services provider in the world. KMC is a teaching hospital, affiliated with the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem.