Goodbye to long corridors
In contrast to traditional hospitals, there are no long corridors. Instead, the open model forms the basis of the wards. This provides efficient logistics, flexibility and proximity between caregivers and patients.
The wards are distributed around two large covered atriums that form the frame around the common areas: A public foyer with reception and café, and a more private common room for the patients and their guests. The atriums ensure that daylight enters the building, and also contribute to better overview and easier orientation.
A footbridge between the main building and the original hospital ensure an efficient link for both able and bedridden patients, personnel and relatives.
Warm and welcoming expression
The project has focused on environment and longevity. There has also been great emphasis on choosing natural, maintenance-free materials.
The building’s facades have a material quality that harmonise with the existing buildings, while also reflecting the contemporary in the new building. The oak cladding in the white fibre concrete provides a warm and welcoming expression.
- Moving into the new hospital has been a dream come true. I think it’s amazingly beautiful. It’s a well-planned building, with beautiful colours, furniture and light, says Nurse Torill Andersen, Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital.
A new footbridge across Møllendalselven river enters at the axis from the hospital’s new main entrance, providing an obvious and logical approach for pedestrians and cyclists from Årstadveien, where a new light rail stop will soon supplement the current bus stop.
An existing linden lane and a beautiful park in the southern part of the hospital area will be preserved as they appear now.
International healthcare experts
C.F. Møller Architects are international experts in healthcare and are currently working on an extension of the listed RWTH Aachen University Hospital and Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig in Germany, Tolworth and Springfield Hospitals in England, Tampere Psychiatric Hospital in Finland, Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.
Building Better Healthcare 2019