Kolding Hospital project goes to schmidt hammer lassen, NIRAS, CREO, Balslev & GBL
schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the competition to design the new masterplan and extension of Kolding Hospital in Denmark. The 32,000 sq m extension with a bed ward, emergency ward and new main entrance has been designed together with NIRAS, CREO, Balslev and GBL.
"The ambition is to create a complete hospital masterplan with a brand new identity," said Kim Holst Jensen, Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. Based on a careful analysis of the surrounding landscape, the existing buildings and the infrastructural conditions, the new design relocates the main entrance to the west of the existing hospital. By relocating the main entrance the hospital gets a whole new identity, and the main entrance becomes visible and clear to patients and relatives.
At the same time the internal flow of the hospital is maintained and reinforced, while the entire hospital will be perceived as a complete structure where buildings and the nearby surroundings complement each other.
"The masterplan emphasises the potential of the landscape of Kolding River Valley by continuing the orthogonal building structure while allowing the nature and greenery to penetrate the buildings," explained Kasper Frandsen, Associate Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. "By situating the new bed ward on top of the existing building, we take full advantage of the beautiful view of the surrounding forest, and we outline the future developments of the hospital."
The extension of Kolding Hospital has a construction sum of approx €77m and is expected to be completed in 2014.