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.
New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark by C. F. Møller Architects
April 13th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: C. F. Møller Architects
The citizens of North Zealand in 2020 have a new and modern hospital at approx. 124,000 m² to be built in green surroundings close to Hillerød city for the area’s 310,000 citizens, with a budget running to DKK 3.8 billion.
The idea of the new North Zealand hospital has been to create a landmark in line with the nearby Frederiksborg Castle – a hospital where architecture and nature merge and form a safe environment for patients, a super functional and attractive workplace and a green recreational haven for all citizens in the area.
The Hospital grows out of the landscaped woodlands, and consistently brings people close to nature both inside and out, to create a healing architecture focused on the patient. The architectural expression is therefore also based on an organic, soft and humane design.Treatment buildings with courtyards and landscaped gardens form a green basefor the slim bed wards that rise above the hospital’s accessible green roofs.
The complex is diminished in scale by dividing the building into two elongated curves that mark the entrances to the city of Hillerød in the north, and to the new railway station and urban development in the southeast, thus forming an overall organization of the wards in a soft sinuous shape.
A public garden promenade, inspired by New York’s green highline, leads into and right through the hospital complex, and makes the building open and democratically accessible to all citizens in the area: You can follow the path up to the roof and enjoy the view, without compromising the privacy of the patient rooms.
Inside, the unifying central lobby, or internal street,forms the focal point of the treatment floors – with theless intensive outpatient units located at the level of the main entrance, while the more intensive treatment units are located one floor below to create a higher degree of privacy. Theinternal integrates several squares with play spaces for children and anamphitheatreramp, which can serve as a cultural meeting place or for research and teaching events.
The hospital’s compact layout ensures maximum functionality for the staff, efficient logistics and short working distances. Focusing on efficient flows for employees ensures they have more time for patients and their relatives. The internal layout, with the double-height internal street and spacious vertical connections up to the bed wards above, is logical, clear and concise so that everyone can find their way around and feel safe and welcome.
All one-bed rooms have sweeping views of the countryside right from the beds, and each room focuses on a sense of homeliness with chalorous materials, such as wood, to create an atmosphere more reminiscent of a comfortable hotel room.
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