NORD Architects is a trendsetting office that has designed and innovated welfare related project in the healthcare sector over the past 10 years, as well as in the educational and cultural sector. We are a multidisciplinary team of urban planners, architects, landscape architects, process consultants and academics along with a technical staff, offering advisory in master planning, strategic planning, building design and building consultancy. We are often asked to lecture on our unique approach and have been taking part in exhibitions and publications on an international basis.
In buildings such as the Center for Cancer and Health in Copenhagen and Urban Hospice in Frederiksberg, the studio has developed new types of facilities for the healthcare sector, where the understanding of patients' needs for privacy and respect for personal dignity is the primary focus. "We have shown that solutions can be tailored through involvement of users and developers in the creative design processes, without it costing the building or society extra - in either the short or long term. It's basically rooted in a deep curiosity about the understanding of both individual user patterns and general societal challenges.
The Urban Hospice is developed together with the deaconess community as a place that provides a peaceful environment in an urban setting for people who need palliative treatment. The building design both reflects and supports the idea of architecture as a healing factor, which help create a positive, relaxed and supporting atmosphere among patients, relatives and staff. We designed the building in close cooperation with the client and users through a co-creation process that has had a major impact on the final design and created an inclusive hospice that holds opportunity for both community and privacy at the same time. Learn more
In the winning competition entry "Alzheimer village" everything is arranged to accommodate a gradual inclusion of people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease and their relatives in a center that contains familiar elements from the residents' previous lives. These recognizable urban elements, such as a local shop, hairdresser, restaurants, cultural center and healthcare center are positioned as small houses in a beautiful landscape – all designed with inspiration from local building tradition, which gives residents a sense of being able to maintain a relatively normal and undisturbed everyday life in an otherwise confusing new reality. Learn more