Zaha Hadid designs apartment for
Ronald McDonald charity house

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Zaha Hadid Architects is one of 11 international firms designing a studio apartment at a new McDonald's charity house in Hamburg to accommodate the relatives of children receiving hospital treatment nearby (+ slideshow).

Zaha Hadid designs apartment for Ronald McDonald charity house
Apartment 5 by Zaha Hadid

Set to open this summer, the latest in a series of Ronald McDonald Houses will be located near the Altona Childrenā€™s Hospital and will offer accommodation to family members who have travelled far from home to accompany seriously ill children.

Zaha Hadid designs apartment for Ronald McDonald charity house
Apartment 5 by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid'sĀ design for Apartment 5 features built-in furniture, wooden fittings and recessed lighting, intended to create a "marine look" and make the space feel larger than it really is.

Zaha Hadid designs apartment for Ronald McDonald charity house
Apartment 5 by Zaha Hadid

Described by the firm as "two half shells", the room will have a wooden base created by parquet flooring and walls that curve up from the ground, and a clean white upper section.

Zaha Hadid designs apartment for Ronald McDonald charity house
Apartment 5 by Zaha Hadid

"The wooden shell with its continuous curvatures - from the parquet floor to the inbuilt furniture pieces such as the floating bed and the elevated secretary - lends warmth and a tactile quality to all surfaces that can be reached, touched and played in," said the architects.

Zaha Hadid designs apartment for Ronald McDonald charity house
Apartment 5 by Zaha Hadid

"The inbuilt furniture and the position of the bed within the space leave a large floor space for the family to sit and communicate, and for the kids and siblings to play on," they added.

Apartment 7 by Manuelle Gautrand for Ronald McDonald charity house
Apartment 7 by Manuelle Gautrand

Other studios designing apartments include Spanish office Estudio.Entresitio, who proposes a "neutral and cozy" room with furniture that folds away, and French architect Manuelle Gautrand, who has designed a nest-like space made up of wooden platforms.

Apartment 6 by Estudio.Entresitio for Ronald McDonald charity house
Apartment 6 by Estudio.Entresitio

The list is completed by Appia Contract of Germany, Dutch studio Barcode Architects, German architects Brandherm + Krumrey, EMBAIXADA of Portugal, Austrian firm Hollein & Partner, Belgian studio Low Architecten, Raiserlopes of Germany and Swiss architect Sara Spiro.

Apartment 3 by Appia Contract for Ronald McDonald charity house
Apartment 3 by Appia Contract

German office GraftĀ is also involved and will create communal areas where residents can prepare food, dine and sit together in front of the fire.

Oasis by Graft for Ronald McDonald charity house
Oasis by Graft
  • Skyrat

    Poor children…

  • David

    Elegant and humble design. This apartment has been designed with sensitivity.

  • ddkon

    Useless and over designed. All this immovable furniture is reminiscent of a ship instead of a building safely anchored on land.

  • ConfusedReader

    We are aware that McDonlads has plenty of money. However, since it’s a charity shouldn’t they use every pound/dollar in a SMART way?

  • sor perdida

    Hats off to the queen bee!

  • JMA

    I’m lovin’ it.

  • backinpgh

    It’s a beautiful space but it really does not seem like it was designed with children in mind.

    • Jonathan

      I agree with you.

  • deluxe

    Is this only for people whose children need treatment due to fast food?

  • Rae Claire

    I see I am not the first to see Mickey D’s hypocrisy. They can’t possibly build enough gee-whiz facilities to compensate for the ill-health their products contribute to.

  • Francino

    Perhaps they could bring in the stainless steel counter, cash registers… Oops.

  • Adi Lamror

    All those sharp edges in a space designed for children… Oh my.

  • student

    A transparent olympic sprinter baby photobombs Zaha’s project!

  • JayCee

    Hadid doesn’t spend much time around kids, evidently. Bland, joyless spaces. Not one jot of colour.