How Architecture can affect Body and Soul

Each day millions of people enter hospitals, surgeries, patients’ and doctors’ rooms by a DORMA door, without realizing it. For one simple reason: At DORMA we never stop working to make the lives of our customers and users as easy and as hassle-free as we possibly can. Barrier-free access, efficient circulation and maximum safety are the promises of our sustainable system solutions designed for the healthcare sector.


Architecture and design can promote the healing process by giving patients a psychological and physical lift. In the competition between hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, the wellbeing factor is playing an ever more important role. Healthcare buildings need to actively contribute to the healing process by relaxing and reinvigorating patients. New knowledge and ideas are adding new impetus to spatial design practice. Daylight revives and motivates, colors stimulate, modern design conveys competence and know-how.

Architects Uta Cossmann and Claudia de Bruyn designed this doctor’s surgery in Düsseldorf, Germany, with a mix of wood, aluminum and satinized acrylic glass. MANET single-point fixings provide an additional visual highlight, imparting to the glass door a particularly attractive appearance.

MANET as a prominent design feature – doctor’s surgery in Düsseldorf, Germany



Even at the planning phase of healthcare facilities, it is essential that all factors be taken into account that may influence the natural and manmade environment in which patients find themselves – from geological distortions in the site’s foundation soil to electromagnetic radiation produced by daily examination. A holistic approach adopted by all those involved in the building’s construction and interior design is an essential prerequisite for sustainable architecture. The DORMA Project Consultancy team is able to provide comprehensive assistance with all planning work involving partitioning, access and door control.


Aligned to the wellbeing of patients, hospital personnel and visitors, the new National Heart Center in Singapore offers numerous outstanding design features. The open, light-flooded architecture directs the eye toward the exterior landscaping, offering green yards and roof gardens as oases of calm for both body and soul. Broadway Malyan Architects developed the concept in collaboration with the Health Ministry, and supported by the Ong & Ong architectural partnership.

National Heart Centre-Singapore designed by Broadway Malyan

DORMA products can be found on all twelve floors of the complex, and in a wide range of different areas. Automatic sliding and swing doors (ES 200 and ES 200 Easy, ED 200 and ED 250) ensure barrier-free access, while DORMA door closer systems keep the traffic streams flowing. The wide product portfolio means there is always the right product for the right application: ITS 96, TS 92, TS 93, BTS 80. Meanwhile, our movable walls (Variflex and MOVEO) provide for maximum space utilization flexibility.

Treatment room in National Heart Centre Singapore designed by Broadway Malyan

Evelina Children’s Hospital on London’s South Bank

Designed by Hopkins Architects, Evelina Children’s Hospital on London’s South Bank is a hospital unlike any other.

Hospitals demand efficient operations, but flexible layouts and casual social interaction are also key and Evelina achieves these requirements by avoiding the typical layout of long corridors and bland wards by utilising a simple section of two long blocks flanking a central concourse which rises the full height of the building.

Over 1000 DORMA door closers and BTS 75’s floor springs, along with nearly 2000 Premier lock cases have been fitted throughout. The door closer specified is the versatile TS 83, featuring ‘thinking’ backcheck, which offers a resistance in direct proportion to the door acceleration as it is opened. This helps protect the door and surround from contact damage – particularly useful in a busy children’s hospital.

Evelina Childrens Hospital ward


Numerous architectural awards have been conferred on the spectacular building of Australia’s SAHMRI research center that opened in Adelaide at the end of 2013. The façade, inspired by the structure of a fur cone responds like a living organism to the sun’s strength and position – just one of many innovative features likely to lead to an LEED Gold rating. Covering a floor space of 25,000 m2, up to 675 local entities and international researchers endeavor to generate new medical knowledge.

SAHMRI South Australian Medical Research Institute - Adelaide Australia



A good feeling right from the start – that’s what you get from the newly designed foyer of the Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. To ensure that the patients do not feel overwhelmed as they enter the giant hospital complex, the reception area has been optically reduced in size. Warm wood finishes and a central pavilion create an atmosphere reminiscent of a beautiful five-star hotel. The focus of the facelift created by Michael Graves Architecture & Design is on ensuring a good experience for patients and their families. The extensive conversion and modification was carried out in collaboration with local company Thomas, Miller & Partner. DORMA has made its own contribution to barrier-free access, safety and security with its automatic swing doors (ED800) and various door closer systems (9000 exit device, 8900 door closer, TS 93).

Capital Regional Medical Building - Tallahassee Florida USA. Designed by Michael Graves Architecture &amp Design


The DINZ – the Diagnostic Internist Neurological Center of Dresden University’s Carl Gustav Carus Hospital in Germany has been specifically designed for sustainability. It was developed by HWP Planungsgesellschaft and implemented in close collaboration with DORMA. Taken as a whole, the complex unites five clinics and an institute under one roof and features an ultra-modern infrastructure and the very latest in medical equipment. The buildings and process flows have been designed so that examination and treatment are fully integrated both spatially and organizationally for maximum efficiency. Here, advanced DORMA door control technology is also making an important contribution. The facility has been fitted with around 1,200 TS 93 door closer systems with EASY OPEN technology in various configurations, plus 40 electrohydraulic swing door operators of the type ED 200 ESR offering fully automatic operation of both door leaves. Double doors of up to 1.60m in width and 250 kg leaf weight are thus reliably and quickly opened without human effort.



Aesthetic appeal is also an important wellbeing factor. That’s why the DINZ Dresden, like the Sana Klinikum Hospital in Remscheid (also Germany, photo below), have installed DORMA impact-protection guards. These feature a shallower design than most other impact protection solutions, thereby increasing the clear passage width available when the doors are opened.

Impact protection in the Sana Klinikum Hospital in Remscheid Germany


Technical progress is revolutionizing not just treatments and therapies but also communication structures. In future, it will be possible to continuously monitor patients and integrate medical equipment – for example in the field of anesthesia – with electronic patient files.


Openness and trust are essential for a close relationship to develop between doctor and patient. And these facets are also part of the design credo applied in many clinics and surgeries. Hence, a great deal of value attaches to clarity and transparency when it comes to the interior design of reception and waiting areas. Partitions and doors are often fully glazed, generating a fresh, bright ambience conducive to bringing patients, doctors and assistants closer together. Universal patch fitting and Junior Office lock sets create an elegant, visually enhanced atmosphere, while a TS 93 on the entrance doors maximizes barrier-free access.

Orthopedic Practice, Aschaffenburg, Germany


Münster Dental Clinic is also a training center, so things look a little different here than in a dental practice. Treatment compartments and waiting rooms are separated only by glass partitions so that the up-and-coming dentists can apply the theory learned while experienced practitioners can better observe their techniques.
The glass elements (DORMA AGILE 150 DORMOTION) were installed in existing metal frames and secured on both sides by angle sections, with the glass joints being protected by H-sections. In some cases, the treatment compartments have no solid connection with the ceiling. Acoustic shielding is provided by soundproofing wool incorporated in the substructure.

AGILE sliding glass doors in Münster Dental Clinic, Germany.