The team of BIG + WHR + Arup has been selected for the shortlist for the second phase of a design competition (featured on WAN Business Information) for the Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland, a 124,000 sq m (1.31 million sq ft) acute care hospital in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen. The team’s proposal, which will serve over 300,000 people, preserves the site’s existing natural features while creating a highly efficient, healing hospital. The other shortlisted teams are: C. F Møller, Alectia and Ramboll; and Herzog & de Meuron and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects. A winner will be announced in March 2014 and the hospital is planned for completion in 2020.
The new hospital, which is the result of merging three existing facilities, will be built on a former hunting ground, characterised by rolling hills, many small ponds and one of the largest forests in Denmark. BIG + WHR + Arup's design concept consists of eight playfully composed, interlocking rings, which encourage maximum interface between the wards and create spacious courtyards that imbue the hospital with a sense of community. The flat green roof responds to the natural topography and the rings vary in height to provide access to the greens. As a result, each patient room has a relationship either to an internal landscaped courtyard or to the surrounding woodlands.
“The hospital’s goal is to have ‘a visionary architectural solution for a hospital that is first and foremost a patients’ hospital,’” said Anthony Haas, FAIA, WHR’s principal-in charge. “WHR’s experience in creating patient-centered, healing environments combined with the architectural creativity of BIG and the innovation and technical expertise of Arup allowed us to envision an innovative facility that will set new standards of excellence in international healthcare. And most importantly to achieve the hospital’s vision of ‘healing architecture.’”
“Studies show that daylight and views to green areas and plants have a healing effect on patients. One of our guiding principles has been to further build on the area’s historic landscape features and to create a smooth transition between inside and outside,” said Bjarke Ingles of BIG. “The façade is designed with integrated planters to bring nature right to the patient’s bedroom window. The landscape is always present.”