CuraVita (a consortium of Danish architectural firms Arkitema Architects and AART Architects, city planners NSW, and engineering companies Grontmij, Moe & Brødsgaard and Hospitalitet) has recently designed a new hospital to be situated in Gødstrup, near Herning, Denmark.
The architects’ vision is to push the potential of modern healthcare design. Offering elite-level therapeutic and operational efficiency achieves this. At the same time, ‘the New Hospital in West’, as it is known, is designed to be both pleasing to the eye and welcoming.
The first patients will arrive in 2019, and an efficient workflow will ensure they are comfortably accommodated. This workflow will be created by healthcare architecture that provides close contact between the wards and professional specialties. This will mean that patients have to go only a short distance to access services such as diagnostic imaging and outpatient treatment, although the hospital is designed to enable the doctor to come to the patient instead of vice versa.
Research shows that close contact with nature aids patient recovery and staff wellbeing. CuraVita has therefore accentuated the connection to the Jutlandic moor, which is the inspiration for the hospital’s distinctive architectural look and feel. In an effort to avoid the traditional clinical appearance of hospitals, the building materials have been selected to create a clean yet homely atmosphere.
The Jutlandic-moor theme has resulted in a clear architectural concept. As a natural continuation of the landscape’s horizontal lines, the building is deeply rooted in an extensive base, which comprises consultation rooms, imaging facilities, surgical wards and offices. The wards sit atop the base as light horizontal units, with an even greater view of the blue sky above Herning.
Sustainability has also been taken into account in the design of the new hospital. The building has been planned to meet standards for low-energy consumption, and is designed to be able to meet changing needs over many years. CuraVita has also sought to minimise the environmental impact of the construction process and of the hospital’s future operation.
With a total construction cost of more than 300 million euros, ‘the New Hospital in West’ will be one of the biggest healthcare building projects in Denmark, covering 135,000 square metres and with an annual capacity of 350,000 outpatient visits.
The project has been refined through the extensive involvement of employees, with the aim of ensuring the hospital is highly functional and user-friendly. ‘The New Hospital in West’ will serve an area of 5,000 square kilometres, comprising a patient base of more than 250,000 people by 2020.