The University Hospital RWTH Aachen, is a 1500-bed University Hospital in the city of Aachen, Germany and is one of the largest single-building University Hospitals in Europe. It is part of the RWTH Aachen University and contains its whole medical faculty.
In addition to its wards, outpatient clinics and common hospital facilities such as laundry and sterilisation units, the University Hospital RWTH Aachen incorporates educational and research facilities including specialised clinics, theoretical and clinical institutes, lecture halls and training rooms.
The hospital’s exterior has extensive visible pipes that give the building an industrial appearance reminiscent of an oil refinery.
The original hospital, built in a Technical Modern Art Style similar to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, opened in 1985.
In 2015, celebrating 30 years of opening, a new modern add-on facility was proposed by the German Ministry of Health and will be constructed nearby by the end of 2020. Designed by a joint venture HENN + C.F. Møller Architects, the new $420 million facility consists of two linked buildings: the original University Hospital RWTH Aachen and a state of the art treatment tower with 35 operating rooms and 50 intensive care beds.