At Arkitema we agree with Sir Winston Churchill who said “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” – in other words designing buildings for people is not to be taken lightly. In our view, buildings are living organisms that influence all human activity.
Arkitema Health’s contribution to the healthcare sector spans from specific hospital-related projects to buildings - from the laboratory to the pharmaceutical company. All involve complex, high-tech buildings. Therefore Arkitema Health has engaged many professionals for the job - a total of 65 people, all highly competent and expert in health-promoting architecture. Arkitema Health understands the importance of the cross-disciplinary approach; we keep that in focus when we plan, design and build. We work with patients, equipment suppliers, hospital planners, engineers and client organizations. Therefore, the competence profile of Arkitema Health has been created both broad and solid in the fields that ensure architectural quality and innovation.
With a construction cost of four billion Danish crowns, DNV-Gødstrup becomes one of Denmark’s largest new constructions in healthcare and thus sets the standard for future Danish hospital construction. Contact with the expansive Jutland horizon has resulted in a clear architectural concept. As a natural extension of the landscape’s horizontal lines, the winning proposal is rooted in an extended base, which includes outpatient clinics and sections for diagnostic imaging, surgery and offices, topped by lighter horizontal slices containing the wards, the combination of which draws attention up toward the blue sky over Herning. To ensure efficient workflow, the winning entry creates close contact between all departments and specialties. This minimizes the transport time for the patient to get to, for example, diagnostic imaging and outpatient treatment; but more importantly, this allows for the specialist to come to the patient, rather than vice versa.
New Østfold Hospital: The hospital will merge several hospitals into one super hospital, meeting needs for the southeastern part of Norway as part of a strategic plan by the Norwegian government to streamline and improve the Norwegian hospital system. The project, with its 90,000 m², will accommodate four existing hospitals as well as psychiatric care. The hospital has been tagged “bright future” to emphasize the importance of context—not just for the architectural expression, but also for its healing effect on patients and the effect on hospital staff. The hospital is robust and compact in its layout, yet contains optimal logistics and flexibility. The goal of the architectural design is a confidence-building framework in which patients, visitors and staff feel highly prioritized. Learn more about the project.
The expansion and renovation of Psychiastric Centre Esbjerg is based on a continuation of the existing classical orthogonal layout of the buildings. The new buildings are placed so that the overall architectural structure reflects a clear functional division and a hierarchical arrangement among the functions. The main building, and the extensions built later, will house on the ground floor the structure’s main corridor, which links the new and existing wards on each side of the main building and contains all common and activity spaces. Bound by the main corridor, the entire system works as a compact structure.
When a new building was needed for the Psychiatric Hospital in the Western Danish city of Esbjerg, Arkitema Architects saw the opportunity to rethink the structure of psychiatric treatment at the hospital. Using the healing elements of light and openness the architects designed a facility in which the use of physical restraint has been reduced by 69.9 percent within the first year. Of course there are several factors that play a role in this dramatic decline, but the architecture is a main factor. The use of glass walls in the main indoor areas also makes it easier for the employees to react quickly to situations before they escalate. At the same time the walls are designed so that they can easily screen off some patients’ rooms and thereby divide patients at the same ward if needed. By creating larger one-patient rooms with windows facing green areas the architecture creates a calm atmosphere. At the same time all patients have easy access to the outdoors, as all wards a situated around an atrium; during the first year of use coercive use of sedatives was reduced by 61.4 percent.
With 90.000 square meters, Sahlgrenska Life is the biggest expansion of the area around Sahlgrenska University Hospital so far. The two principal buildings will be linked by a three-storey passage across the heavily trafficked road, Per Dubbsgatan. The new link will create a new space for the people working in healthcare, education and research to meet. The idea is to let people from various professions meet in common canteens, cafés, teaching rooms, library and meeting- and conference facilities, thus creating new connections, new ideas and innovation on a higher level. The two buildings with respectively 11 and 21 storeys, will be the centre of exchanging knowledge across professions and educations. Additionally, several floors will accommodate private business, which will be closely connected to the comprehensive knowledge from the university and the everyday practice of the hospital. This will provide a base for innovative research and a dynamic knowledge sharing platform.
Research shows that in hospitals, close contact with nature helps to promote both patient recovery and staff well-being. We have therefore focused on emphasising contact with the Jutlandish heath landscape, which was the source of inspiration for the unique and sense-oriented design, using materials that promote a comfortable and homely ambience, in contrast to the traditional clinical hospital atmosphere. This contact with the wide Jutland horizon has given rise to a clear architectural concept. The base of the new hospital building houses the outpatient clinics, etc., while the treatment ring contains diagnostic imaging, surgical departments and offices, with the wards situated above the base. All of the laboratory functions are located in a separate building. The project planning included user consultation processes and workshops.