Gallery: Denmark’s New Odense Hospital is a Healing City of Glass Amid ...

Henning Larsen Architects' plan for the OUH features nature front and center.
Henning Larsen Architects' plan for the OUH features nature front and center.

Hospital buildings at the OUH are closely clustered together in a dense circle, which is surrounded by a pedestrian ring and walkways that shoot off in spokes from the center. Visitors and patients are encouraged to stroll around the property and take in the landscape, which features dense old forests, extensive fields, hedges, ponds and channels. The western part of the property will remain completely undeveloped to maintain the feel of the countryside and provide opportunities for recreation. Even the inside of the hospital offers views of the tranquil countryside.

The buildings are all designed to maximize daylighting, and their height is kept below the height of the tallest old-growth tree. Rainwater is collected from the buildings and other impermeable areas to feed into a large wet meadow that will encourage a greater biodiversity of animals and plants. As Henning Larsen Architects says, “Numerous research projects have demonstrated that nature has a positive influence on patients’ recovery. The objective of this project is to create a truly healing hospital environment merging all accessible knowledge, space, landscape and technology. ”

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  1. terryjr91 April 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Is it just me, or is that Olivia Wilde in the background of picture 11?

  2. anothervoice April 18, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I always thought hospitals were just a little too clinical, as if they were designed by engineers… This is about right, because a substantial percentage of becoming healthy is just living your life. Trees, plants, wildlife and a big garden go a long way in putting people right again.

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