The winning project consists of three circular buildings placed on rectangular bases – which are displaced from each other creating a number of inviting outdoor spaces. The new extension thus constitutes a down-scaled and compressed contrast to the 120 metre high rectangular geometry of the existing hospital.
The building complex as a whole will go from being a very ”large house” situated on a plot without outdoor spaces to becoming a ”built-up area” offering a variety of distinctive elements and eventful outdoor spaces. A hospital structure constitutes an organisation of a large number of small spaces which – in this project – are spatially contrasted by the near outdoor environment, inner gardens and courtyards.
A number of separate building volumes with contrasting geometries form an inspiring contrast to the existing structuralist building and contribute to considerately adapting the area as a whole to the scale of the surroundings.
The recreational and healing effect of nature is well-documented.
At Herlev Hospital, this knowledge is taken seriously - thus,
luxuriant courtyards, green roof gardens and a large, central green
heart provide the new hospital with an altogether vibrant and
life-affirming atmosphere. The outdoor spaces of the
hospital are designed and interact in a way that makes them appeal
to all senses. Water is an important element and has been
incorporated in the form of water particles, water surfaces or
simple pools of water. As many of the hospital users have a view of
the outside environment through the windows of the building, the
landscape is designed as a number of "pictures" varying with the
rhythm of the hospital and changing seasons. SLA are the
landscape architects behind the proposal.
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"Based on a comprehensive analysis of developments in the
healthcare sector and a strong focus on creating a welcoming,
clear, worthy and sensuous setting for patients, relatives and
staff, the vision of the competition team has been to create a
symbiosis between the hospital and its surroundings. A symbiosis
where the individual elements form part of a natural cycle and
create a "sensory hospital" that will position Herlev Hospital as
an exemplary and innovative spearhead in healthcare." "The project
powerfully unites building design and landscape into an
architectural whole providing patients, relatives and staff with
the experience that "focus is on the individual". The project must
be emphasised for its high and well-argued ambition level for
healing architecture. The healing potential of architecture is
consistently translated into sensuous spaces - in an approach
characterised by great variation and commitment at many different