Sidra Medicine ushers in a new era of healthcare in Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council

Doha, Qatar
The backside of Sidra's dhow-like sail.

Sidra Medicine is a world-class hospital and outpatient center that brings specialized healthcare services to women and children. Conceived as a benchmark to inspire healing environments around the world, this 380-bed facility is composed of three distinct “hospitals within a hospital” that provide a full spectrum of women’s services, pediatric healthcare, and acute emergency care.

380
hospital beds
A detail shot that shows the glass and stone cladding on the exterior.

A global center for innovative care, scientific expertise, and educational excellence

Sidra Medicine is part of Education City, a thriving international campus that brings together leading institutions and research centers including Weill Cornell Medical College, Georgetown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Texas A&M University, HEC Paris, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute.  

Sidra Medical's hospital entrance.

A reflection of Qatar’s culture and natural beauty

The sail of a dhow — a wooden boat traditionally used in Qatar for fishing and pearl diving — inspires Sidra’s three sweeping atriums. Influenced by the area’s vivid landscape, the curved exterior is smooth and flat to reference the topography and scale, while avoiding articulations that would collect dust and sand in the desert climate.

"We can say that Sidra Medicine is perhaps one of the most ambitious and far-reaching projects in Qatar over the past two decades. It has become a regional destination of medical tourism for patients from the region and beyond." Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson, Qatar Foundation
The port-a-cochere driveway to the Hospital entrance.

A landmark home for community and wellness

Throughout the interior and exterior, the architecture's curves and softened edges create a welcoming and friendly environment. The facility is surrounded by green space and public art, including Damien Hirst’s sculpture installation The Miraculous Journey. Underground parking areas are an extension of the building’s architecture, greeting visitors with an uplifting experience anchored by sculpted arch forms and an undulating ceiling plane.

Lobby entrance into the medical center.
A spiral staircase in the main lobby.

An intuitive wayfinding experience

Each care area has unique design elements that make it seamless for visitors and patients to find their way around. Glass-enclosed elevator lobbies are memorable wayfinding landmarks for public gathering areas and healing garden atria. Throughout the facility, abundant greenery, fountains, and reflecting ponds offer peaceful places to rest or connect with family members.

A garden healing atria expands past patient rooms.

Natural wood, granite, and marble instill a warm atmosphere of health and healing.

A healing garden atria expands past patient rooms.

An oasis for healing

The patient rooms are oversized and have views of expansive healing gardens filled with natural light, trees, plants, and serene water elements. Directly outside each room is a comfortable respite area for family members. The design includes the flexibility to add an additional 120 patient rooms.

The identity of each hospital is articulated by a sweeping atrium form as shown during nighttime.

More About the Project

Project Team

Principal Collaborators

  • Architect of Record: Ellerbe Becket, Inc./AECOM
  • Structural Engineer: Ellerbe Becket, Inc./AECOM
  • MEP: Ellerbe Becket, Inc./AECOM

Project Information

  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Client: Qatar Foundation
  • Size: 1,496,182 sq. ft. / 139,000 sq. m.
  • Completion: 2018
  • Firm Role: Design Architect
  • Principal Project Photography: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO