C.F. Møller's masterplan to renovate Dronning Ingrids Hospital incorporates new design strategies and innovations to future-proof the hospital's outdated 1980s buildings. The first stage of the renovation is now complete, and it features sunken angular blocks that echo the ice floes of the nearby Godthåbsfjord.
C.F. Møller is Scandinavia’s oldest and largest architectural practice – they are responsible for distinctive public buildings such as Copenhagen’s Sølvgade School and cutting-edge sustainable designs including a solar-powered wooden skyscraper. The practice just completed the first of nine stages of a master plan which will renovate the Dronning Ingrids Hospital and create striking forms within the town of Tuuk in Greenland.
The copper-clad health center’s design was inspired by the ice floes visible from the hospital’s large angled windows. The sculptural geometric blocks seem to emerge from the earth like rocks. The resilient, well-insulated copper covering unifies the form and protects the structure from climate extremes. The layout of the new health center directs visitors towards the main entrance and draws attention to the renewal process ongoing at Greenland’s main hospital. The next steps in the master plan include a circular patient hotel which will free up space on existing wards and give those inside a fantastic view of the surrounding landscape.
Photos via C.F. Møller Architects