France finds inspiration in Danish health architecture and design

May 03, 2019

Photo by Healthcare DENMARK
On May 1-3, 2019, a French delegation of health and design leaders from all over France visited Denmark to experience remarkable Danish hospital constructions and healing architecture.

On Wednesday, May 1, the delegates visited the New University Hospital in Aarhus, which is the largest hospital construction in the history of Denmark, where five hospital locations have merged into one. Here, the delegates heard presentations about the hospital’s innovative Danish solutions and healing architecture, which was followed by a guided tour to support the presentations.

On Thursday, May 2, the delegates visited the new psychiatric hospital in Vejle, which is the first public-private partnership in Denmark within psychiatric hospital construction. The hospital houses both the psychiatric ward and psychiatric emergency department of Vejle as well as the child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient clinic. Here, the delegates received a guided tour and learned about the organizational structure and the building project.

Today, on their final day of their visit, before going back to France, the delegates visited Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, which is a highly specialized hospital in Denmark and The Children’s Hospital Copenhagen Børneriget, which is a greenfield children’s hospital that gathers children, youth, and maternity wards in one hospital.Here, the delegates learned about the design principles of the new children’s hospital including user involvement and they had a guided tourto study and observe the innovative architecture.
Next, the delegates visited the new patient hotel at Rigshospitalet, which has 63 rooms. There are single rooms, double rooms, and rooms for the disabled. Here, the delegates explored the efficient and functional design, which provides natural light deep into the building for the benefit of the patients and employees.

The visit was organized and hosted by Healthcare DENMARK in close collaboration with the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris. For more information about this visit, please contact Deputy Director Anne Smetana.

If you are interested in visiting Denmark and seeing these or other Danish healthcare solutions yourself, please do not hesitate to request a visit. Healthcare DENMARK will tailor a program to your specific preferences and assist with planning local transportation and accommodation.