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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Dronning Ingrids Hospital in Nuuk, Greenland by C. F. Møller Architects

 
August 12th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: C. F. Møller Architects

A master plan, compiled by C. F. Møller Architects, outlines how Dronning Ingrids Hospital, built in 1980, can future-proof its buildings through a combination of new buildings and renovations – improving the hospital logistics and giving the possibility to integrate the latest equipment in the field.

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  • Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Project: Dronning Ingrids Hospital
  • Location: Nuuk, Greenland
  • Client: Health Directorate, Greenland, The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation (phase I)
  • Landscape architect: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Engineer: Rambøll A/S
  • Size: 1500 m2 (Health Centre, phase I), 20.500 m2 (8000 m2 new building and 12500 m2 rebuilding, all phases)
  • Year: 2007-2011 (phase I)

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This involves, amongst other things, a new way of admitting emergency patients via an emergency department with a surgical wing, recovery unit, and intensive and diagnostic wards to secure rapid diagnosis and treatment plans. Other initiatives include a new psychiatric department, a new national pharmacy, and a new clinic for GPs. Extra space will be created in the existing wards by building a new patient hotel, which will have a distinctive rounded form, providing patients and staff with views of the natural surroundings, including Sana Bay and the fjord.

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As the first stage of the plan, the Queen Ingrid Hospital has inaugurated a new health centre, called The Queen Ingrid Health Centre, and a new national pharmacy.

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Like a block of ice

The building practically grows straight up out of the terrain like a block of ice – and the design was also inspired by the natural surroundings just outside the hospital windows: the ice floes that float around in Godthåbsfjord, and the sight of Greenland’s highest mountain, Sermitsiaq, which towers up behind the town. With both the facades and the roof clad in copper, the building also emanates a sense of wholeness – just like an ice block or a mountain top. The unifying copper skin is appropriate for the building’s inclined form and makes it subtly stand out as a dignified public building.

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The particular texture of the copper as well as its beautiful patina – and not least the robustness in relation to the extreme climatic conditions of Greenland – have all been important parameters for selecting this particular material for the project. With its striking sculptural form, the building directs itself towards the town and the users, marking the hospital’s new main entrance and drawing attention to the hospital’s renewal process.

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Elements of the iHospital

The second stage in the modernisation of the Queen Ingrid Hospital will include a new emergency department and five new operating theatres. These will be installed in an existing wing, which will be rebuilt and extended. Here, the hospital will be able to optimise its workflow and treatment by integrating elements of the iHospital, i.e. the interactive hospital, including communication via large touch-sensitive displays from the operating rooms to other staff groups.

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The new health centre adds 1,500 m2 to the hospital. The emergency department and the surgery department will encompass 1,000 m2 of new buildings and 2,300 m2 of conversions. The building has been financed by the A. P. Møller Foundation, as well as by grants from the government of Greenland.

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C. F. Møller Architects Partners

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