We combine spatial qualities with optimal logistics and technical main structures in sterling hospitals with safe treatment in pleasant settings.
Henning Larsen Architects has worked intensively on developing hospital buildings. We believe that the architecture of the hospital regards inspiring and well-defined rooms; a rich and varied light and easily understandable organization are crucial for the well-being of the patient. This is an essential aspect in the process of treatment. Naturally, the architectural and spatial qualities are also important for the staff and visitors. When this is combined with optimal logistics and technical main structures it results in sterling hospitals where focus is on both effective and rational flow of work together with safe humane treatment in pleasant architectural settings.
Henning Larsen Architects has worked intensively with hospital planning through a number of years. Inspiring, well-defined spaces and a clear, easily comprehensible functional layout are of significant importance to patients’ well-being and essential factors in the treatment process. Henning Larsen Architects has extensive experience in designing hospital projects combining these qualities – from early sketch to final building. High architectural and spatial quality should be combined with optimal logistics and technical structures. In holistic hospitals, focus is on providing an architectural framework for both efficient, rational working flows and a safe, healing treatment environment.
Henning Larsen Architects has many years’ experience of designing educational and research buildings based on a variety of different research and learning cultures. Common features in our buildings is the relation between building and surrounding urban space; between intimate, private spaces for concentrated work and open, social spaces promoting knowledge-sharing and interaction. We have vast experience in designing research facilities specifically for the healthcare sector – combining attractive physical settings with state-of-the-art technology and laboratories. In research projects, flexibility and adaptability are key parameters throughout the design stage as new requirements continuously arise.
We perform detailed analyses of indoor air quality and user behaviour as a tool to reduce energy consumption, and emphasise the creation of a environment where building and landscape are interlinked. We consider social spaces as the area within the health sector where the largest sustainable gain can be realised. Figures from Danish somatic hospitals show that salary costs amount to approx. 50 % while expenditure for energy and environment only amount to approx. 5% of the total budget. This accentuates the importance of incorporating social sustainability to optimise work procedures and productivity and thus reduce total operation costs.
The 52,000 m2 extension of Herlev Hospital will comprise a new emergency department and maternity services centre, including a pediatrics unit and maternity ward, among others. 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. Extract from the citation: "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 Norwegian Radium Hospital - Research Institute - was completed in 2009. A single volume comprises the research complex with two wings and a central atrium. The volume is fitted into the landscape on a bastion that contains all plantrooms, storage and parking on the three underground levels. The building represents the cornerstone of a new development structure of the hospital focusing on flexibility in future heavy installations in laboratories with general as well as specialized functions such as gene and cell therapy. The meeting facilities for conferences and seminars as well as informal meetings among the researchers of the institution are essential to an innovative research environment.
The new Odense University Hospital (OUH) embodies an innovative building of high architectural quality, designed to meet the requirements and challenges of tomorrow. Like the goddess Aurora, the hospital finds renewal in the transition between old and new – and the conversion from tradition to modernity. The human scale supports the conception of the hospital as ”the good host” and a place where patients and visitors can easily orient themselves and feel at home. When approaching Aurora, you are met by an inviting and recognisable urban scale, where the complex is divided into varied units with each their clear entrance and reception area. The individual is in focus in the circular city structure whose ground plan meets the requirements for a highly efficient, flexible and future-proof hospital and at the same time meets the employees, patients and other users where they are and with a high degree of respect.