Zaha Hadid x RonaldMcDonald house

Zaha Hadid among architects to design interior

of Ronald McDonald house in hamburg-altona.



Ronald Mcdonald house charities assists families with seriously ill children who are receiving

treatment far from home, by providing a residence for them so that they are able to stay close to

one another during the difficult period of recovery.With housing complexes worldwide, the‘ronald

mcdonald house’ set to open in hamburg, germany — on the site of the altona children’s hospital,

in summer of 2014, will include the involvement of 11 architecture teams who will help realize

unique living suites for parents and siblings of young patients.The international firms participating

in this initiative include: appia contract (germany); barcode architects (the netherlands);

brandherm + krumrey (germany); EMBAIXADA (portugal); estudio entresitio (spain);

GRAFT (germany); hollein & partner (austria); low architecten (belgium); manuelle

gautrand (france); raiserlopes (germany); sara spire (switzerland);  and zaha hadid

architects (UK). zaha hadid architects has created a space of well-being accommodating the

needs of a long term alternative home for families within a 25 meter sq. space. the design is

comprised of two shells – wooden one that lines the bottom half of the space, and a white one

on top – that characterize the marine look and feel of the living areas. these two capsules meet

at an undulating horizon line at approximately 1.2 meters high, that is highlighted by an indirect

light strip that provides ambient luminosity. The wooden shell forms the parquet flooring and

built-in furniture pieces that include a floating bed and elevated secretary, while alcove openings

under and above these objects make the most of the third dimension by giving kids a place to

climb as well as hide. manuelle gautrand has conceived an apartment that is much like a cabin

in the forest, filled with wood features that envelop the floors, walls and ceiling to some capacity.

the concept behind her scheme is to assemble different levelled modular platforms, much like

terraces, that create a series of furniture: benches, desks, seats, stages, tables etc. Special feature

of ronald mcdonald haus hamburg-altona is ‘oases’ (german for ‘oasis’ in english), a family 

room area that is jointly used by parents and children for bonding and regaining strength to

face the demanding routines of the clinic and recovery. designed by GRAFT, the ‘oases’ connects

common rooms, forming a larger open space for interaction and social encounters.  




apartment 6 by estudio.entresitio

estudio.entresitio  have aimed at designing an apartment that is flexible to

accommodate inhabitants’ various needs. their proposal is based on providing

a neutral and cozy atmosphere that emphasizes cleanliness, materials, textures and light.




apartment 6 by estudio.entresitio

cleanliness is sought by hiding the presence of things whereby belongings can be

hidden under folding beds, which can also be set out of the way during the day to

make the room ready for other uses. materials and textures have been carefully

considered to form a warm atmosphere. Natural oak planks are used as flooring,

while the same wood is employed in the construction of the furnishings.




apartment 8 by LOW architecten

LOW architecten have organized their unit into multiple rooms, so that it feels like a

house, with the bathroom, bedroom, living room, salon, studio etc., connected by

wood structural walls. a carpet defines a play area, while mirrors are installed to

create more height, and a polycarbonate sheet ensures privacy between zones.




apartment 11 by barcode architects

 barcode architects transforms the typical square hotel room into a personal space that

references a family home with a curving wall feature. the design emphasizes contrasts

of light and dark, old and new, polished and engraved.




apartment 3 by appia contract

appia contract have tried to maximize the use of their design, which includes a spacious

bathroom with a number of shelving possibilities, and a large illuminated mirror, along

with a comfortable lounge chair. the beds can be used as singles, while a sofa bed offers a

short-term option for sleeping for two additional persons. LED light strips are integrated

into the bathroom and living room area installations visually defining the space. a luminous

ceiling, consisting of acrylic fibres creates the image of a clear winter night’s sky when the

projector is turned on creating a calm, and tranquil atmosphere.




apartment 2 by brandherm + krumrey

brandherm + krumrey form a ‘nest’ as the focus of their unit that serves as a place for sleeping.




apartment 9 by RAISERLOPES

RAISERLOPES on working with ronald mcdonald house:
’alas, the world is not only made up

of happy families with healthy children. and when one feels to be out of luck and the bright

days seem dark, it is important to find supporters and helpers such as the Ronald McDonald

house charities to somewhat reduce the suffering and step in during the children’s difficult

days. for us, this is sufficient motivation and incentive to contribute a small stone

to the building of the new ronald mcdonald has in hamburg-altona.’



apartment 10 by sara spiro

sara spiro  has developed ‘the lodge’ as her contribution. a warm, robust space that

aims to achieve the most amount of impact with the fewest possible elements.



apartment 1 by hollein & partners

hollein + partner  have designed a space accommodating up to four people that is

made of wood that offers two fixed sleeping spaces that can expand to fit more

inhabitants. Divided into zones that can be turned to create open and

closed areas, fabric is used to create additional spatial configurations.




apartment 4 by embaixad

EMBAIXADA consider a room as a ‘monomaterial absence of space’, where ever

possible interaction between human body and physical volume are ergonomically

studied, so that common functions may be carried out with ease. Their

space is made completely out of cork, a warm natural material.


































































































the wood shell forms the builtin furniture1