Worldwide hospitals tend to have the same institutional feel. According to research, a traditional hospital setting can actually make otherwise healthy patients feel ill and weaken them physically and emotionally.
With a four-billion-DKK budget, the ambition for the New North Zealand Hospital is to redefine the way we perceive a hospital and how we build it. It will break the boundary between illness and health and provide well-being – as oppose to mere treatment.
This visionary concept has received a nomination for a Danish Design Award in the category Visionary Concepts.
The jury writes:
“Ideas of connection to nature and challenging the traditional role of a hospital are part of the philosophical basis for this major development. The new hospital design takes place on a human scale, with only two building levels that make abundant use of natural materials and natural light.”
Reducing stress is a crucial factor in a speedy recovery. The design focus on creating well-being and privacy for patients. At New North Zealand Hospital, all rooms are single rooms causing patients to experience less stress and a faster recovery expectancy.
Wood is a recurring element in the hospital’s interior and facade. The soft shapes, daylight and view of the inner green garden create a more homely atmosphere and feeling, where nature is always present.
The 118,000-m2 hospital will hold about 20 clinical functions and contain 570 rooms including emergency reception and an intensive care unit as well as outpatient clinics, operating rooms and more.
The construction is scheduled for completion in 2022.