For the kids...

Friday 15 Apr 2011

Henning Larsen Architects designs child-friendly addition to Danish hospital

Danish architecture and design firm Henning Larsen Architects is to embark upon a dramatic extension project at Herlev Hospital after it was awarded first prize in a competition for the scheme. Working with architects Friis & Moltke and Brunsgaard & Laursen, engineers NNE Pharmaplan and Orbicon Leif Hansen, consultants Norconsult and landscape architects SLA, Henning Larsen Architects is to introduce a new emergency department and maternity services centre to the existing hospital tower.

At present Herlev Hospital consists of a single tower block, however the institution believes firmly in the ‘recreational and healing effect of nature’ thus the winning concept comprises a network of individual buildings interspersed with scenic and luxuriant courtyards. Each of these buildings is composed of a circular form on a rectangular platform, adding a new dimension to the formerly uninspiring complex.

Lars Steffensen, Partner at Henning Larsen Architects comments: “Herlev Hospital is a fine example of the functional hospital architecture of the 60’s. However, a lot has changed since then, and we know today that technology only forms part of a good treatment process. The hospital of the future should offer a number of additional qualities. It should provide a worthy and sensuous framework for patients, relatives and employees.”

The welcoming and enveloping nature of the design has been specifically composed with a ‘particular focus on children and their families’ explains Steffensen. He continues: “The fragility that children represent when having to go to hospital requires special care and attention.” By October 2017, patients at Herlev Hospital will be able to make full use of green roof gardens, delicately planted courtyards and peaceful views from their wards as construction is due to commence in May 2014.

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