3XN adds to Copenhagen hospital

Nick Myall
Thursday 12 Nov 2015

3XN designs a new patient hotel for Denmark's leading hospital based on two stacked ‘Vs’

Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, Denmark’s leading hospital, recently inaugurated its new Patient Hotel and Administrative Building, designed by 3XN Architects. 3XN designed the 7,400 sq m building as an open, supportive and comfortable environment for patients, as well as an efficient work environment for the hospital’s administrative staff. The Patient Hotel offers 74 rooms on the three lower floors, while administrative offices comprise floors four to six.

The building appears as two stacked, juxtaposed ‘Vs’. This form establishes a clear visual separation between the two programmatic functions: patient hotel and hospital administration. The facade appears as a horizontal relief clad with light natural stone, which adds a strong character to the building while also allowing it to shade itself. Two sky lit atria bring natural light deep into the building and function as arrival areas and gathering places for the Patient Hotel. Open staircases in both atria connect the individual floors.

“We designed the building with these open atria to offer good visual contact, instead of the closed corridors usually associated with hospitals,” said Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN Creative Director and Founder. “In addition, we ensured that ample daylight and warm materials and colors create a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere, which serves as a comforting environment during a difficult period.”

All hotel rooms (approximately 20 sq m each) have a private balcony facing the adjacent park and the surrounding buildings. The hotel restaurant faces ‘Amor Park,’ offering guests and visitors the opportunity to enjoy their meals with views of the green surroundings as well.

A patient hotel is an attractive alternative for self-sufficient patients who live far away and who need accommodation in connection with an examination or treatment. The patient hotel offers tranquility, the opportunity to organise the day as you wish and to have some privacy or use public areas. For patients undergoing long-term treatment, the hotel can be a welcome break outside the clinical hospital environment.

The Rigshospitalet Patient Hotel has a reception desk, staffed by nurses, as well as hotel assistants and a nutrition assistant.

The Patient Hotel & Administration Building and parking garage are part of the new Rigshospitalet project, which will also include a new a new treatment building, ‘The North Wing’, scheduled for completion in 2018.


Nick Myall

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