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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.

Emergency and Infectious Diseases Unit in Malmö, Sweden by C. F. Møller Architects

 
August 16th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: C. F. Møller Architects

The circular building housing the casualty and isolation departments at Skåne University Hospital (SUS) in Malmö, Sweden – designed to offer the best possible prevention against the spread of infection – is set to become the hospital’s striking new landmark.

Night View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

  • Architects: C. F. Møller Architects in collaboration with SAMARK Arkitektur& Design
  • Project: Emergency and Infectious Diseases Unit – Skåne University Hospital (SUS)
  • Location: Malmö, Sweden
  • Client: RegionserviceSödraSkåne
  • Size: 26,000 m²
  • Year: 2006-2011

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

  • Collaborators: FB Flygfältsbyrån AB, Byggteknik i Skåne AB, Incoord AB, FLK Sverige AB, GMKI Elkonsult, Fire Safety Design, Akustikgruppen AB
  • Landscape: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Artists: Monika Gora, Jacob Dahlgren, Lena Ignestam, Mikael Johansson
  • Awards: 2010 Winner Stadsbyggnadspriset Malmö Stad, Finalist for KasparSalinpriset 2010, 2006 1st Prize in international competition
  • Photographer: Jørgen True

Street View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

Patients enter the isolation ward via a special airlock leading from the top floor corridor that encircles the building. External lifts are provided exclusively for infectious patients and removal of hospital waste – with internal lifts for staff movements and incoming supplies. In addition, individual floors can be subdivided into smaller isolation units in the event of an epidemic.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

The new casualty department is responsible for injured and acutely ill somatic patients, and includes a Children’s Emergency Ward, Community Health Care and a Referral Clinic. Treatment is carried out efficiently and safely, in accordance with the highest national and international standards.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

With its facilities for treating all types of acute patients, the casualty department at Skåne University Hospital is the largest and busiest accident and emergency facility in Sweden.

Night View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

The entire casualty department has been planned with optimal logistics in mind – focusing on the patient and on the potential for staff teamwork. This results in fast and effective treatment, and care of the highest quality.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

Isolation Department

The isolation clinic houses a new infectious diseases department with a total of 51 single-bed rooms and a modern reception facility. This makes the Malmö isolation department Sweden’s largest and most modern infectious diseases facility.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

In spite of the need for isolation, the building invites natural daylight to enter. The wards – which have been laid out like “slices of pie” around the periphery of the building – benefit from direct natural light. As the cylindrical building has a central, open atrium, the “inner-circle” rooms also benefit from natural light, giving all rooms in the building direct daylight except the corridors, which – through the glazed wall sections – benefit from indirect natural light from the rooms.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

Patients can be wheeled directly into the isolation wards from the outside via a glazed top-floor corridor. Between the top-floor corridor and the ward there is an airlock which maintains the partial vacuum necessary to control ventilation and thereby the risk of the spread of infection. Staff enter the wards from their work areas in the core of the building through corresponding airlocks.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

The large, glazed areas from floor to ceiling in the generously proportioned, state-of-the-art, wedge-shaped rooms enjoy a view of the surrounding city, thereby giving the isolated patients a sense that the life of the city has been invited into their hospital rooms.

Upper View (Image Courtesy Jørgen True)

Image Courtesy Jørgen True

Image Courtesy Jørgen True

Image Courtesy Jørgen True

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