Andrew Goodwin

Schmidt Hammer Lassen's New Aalborg University Hospital is Designed to Heal Through the Environment

by , 12/28/12

New Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, masterplanning, hospital, landscape, daylighting, Aalborg University, Northern Jutland

The New Aalborg University Hospital plan was presented by a consortium of design firms including: Creo Architects, Aarhus Architects, NNE Pharmaplan, Brix & Kamp Consulting Engineers, Oluf Jorgensen Consulting Engineers, Royal Haskoning (NL), Architect Kristine Jensens Tegnestue, Bjork & Maigard, and Norconsult. The team engaged the existing Aalborg University planning in order to smoothly transition the new hospital master plan into the adjacent landscape. Special attention was paid to the size and scale of the new buildings in order to create an environment that reflects an urban structure of varied streets, paths, and courtyards to invite the public into the facility. Conversely, the planning also works well for those occupying the new hospital. The interior spaces are bathed with natural light and a close connection to the natural landscape.

The overall architectural approach of the building is focused around individuals. The mission of the hospital was to create an environment that exuded comfort and security for those being cared for in their facilities. The interior reflects a poetic diversity of materials and spaces that makes the institution less formal and more personal. Beautiful views and natural daylight help to create this warm and inviting space. The daylight is screened by a louvered façade, which helps to mitigate excessive heat gain without sacrificing views.

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