In 1994, after winning the competition, the first words of the Director of the hospital were:
“Do not forget, that we are supposed to build the hospital of the 21st century here!”
We wondered, what he meant, because we only knew the hospital of the 20th century, and only as patients. We started-up from the eternal needs that people can raise to a convalescent hospital: like Thomas Mann – on the turn of the century in Davosa, Tobelbad in Germany nowadays, and hopefully in the next 20-30 years in OORI, in Budapest as well. Injured, diseased people need calmness with care, silence and singing birds.
The natural round about was a given fact, in which a good building should fit, otherwise the planning would be only about re-dressing the old-fashioned house to make it more comfortable. In the details and special requirements of the hospital of the 21st century, during the planning, we got all the help from the leaders, doctors and nurses of the OORI. Although the rehabilitation is one continuous procession, it has three different periods, so we divided the building into three main blocks like that. First, building “C” with the operating rooms, the “intensive ward”, and the coma centre is located on the North-East escarpment. In building “A” and “B”, forming a letter L on the site, there are 40-bedded wards, the places of the personal rehabilitation.