The danish forest hospital.

Hillerød, Denmark. After 12 months of intense design contest the Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron from Basel win in 2014 the project. A very special project. The doors of the New North Zealand Hospital/Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland will open in 2020.
Remark: the project could also facilitate an expansion in 2050.
Map Hillerod DK30 km north of Copenhagen, some 32’000 people. The bird’s-eye view shows the surrounding nature and the unique building shaped like a four-leaf clover.
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Architecture and forest is an old and new story. To live or get well in a forest, surrounded by nature, green and a good feeling always attracted humans. Like the Liuzhou Forest City in China to open 2018, Stefano Boeri Architetti Italy.

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The large size of 112’500 m2 disappears a bit with the four floors only concept.
> 570 single patient rooms
> 4’000 employees
> 20 clinical functions (24 medical departments), providing 500’000 ambulant treatments per year
> Draw area of 310’000 citizens
> Budget 630 million USD
> Extra: new railway station
Goal: higher quality, coherence, equality, safety, and a faster diagnosis and treatment for all patients.
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The hospital is one of four new hospitals within the National Reform Plan for the next 10 years in Denmark; 7.4 billion USD for 16 projects. Huge, impressive, health for everyone.
> Background & Info 6-minutes movie here
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Best for patients, best for staff. The user-centered is very much appealing.

According to Herzog & de Meuron Architects (project to be completed in collaboration with danish Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects):
«The plan is the marriage of two seemingly contradictory goals: the desire for a large central garden and the necessity for short internal connections. The result is an organic cross shape that permits the interior garden to become a flowing space. A central hall underneath the garden is characterized by four round courtyards. The hospital pulsates from here.»
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Hospital director Bente Ourø Rørth: «Herzog & de Meuron have designed a patient-centred hospital – a beautiful, healing and functional building that supports our patients’ recovery in the best possible way. The hospital’s great strength is its highly successful and fundamental fusion of form and function.»
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The world of hospitals. Sometimes all these engagements, masterplans and evidence-based strategies take away my breath. Congratulations Denmark and all who are involved.

Maurice Codourey

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