The hospital is built on the notion that the patient, as much as it is possible, should feel welcomed and recognized on equal terms with the staff and other patients. A key fact to recognize is that factors that support patients – as mentioned above – generally are the same factors that make healthy people happy.
Treatment of patients is designed into the architecture of the entire building inside and out. The architecture consists of three patient sectors, all with common courtyards, lush green areas and activity-shielded gardens for special patients. In addition, a sports garden and several inner “quiet” gardens for the use of both visitors and staff are incorporated into the grounds of the hospital.
The exterior as well as the interior of the building itself is made of high quality materials: Sound absorbing floors and ceilings as well as intelligent and “lifelike” LED lights – and art is presented everywhere. A specially designed colour spectrum, created by artist Marlene Landgreen in cooperation with Karlsson Arkitekter/VLA and the poet Ursula Andkjær stands out in particular: In addition to the goal of implementing the core of healing architecture in the building, this particular art piece has also resulted in poetry written on the glass walls.
The building has already won the Danish “Colour Prize 2016” for the thoughtful and magnificent work of integrating art and colours. It has also been noticed abroad when it, earlier this year, was a finalist at The World Architecture News Awards. Perhaps they will bring back another award from Berlin in November, where the building is shortlisted in the final in the category “Health” at the World Architecture Festival 2016.