How do you think sustainability into a complex university the size of a Danish provincial town with 100,000 admitted patients and 900,000 outpatient treatments each year?
The biggest hospital construction project in Danish history, the New University Hospital in Aarhus, will be built onto the existing Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, to form a combined hospital complex of 375,000 m2.
The project represents the future demands and expectations of a university hospital in Denmark, and the team behind the new hospital is working to make it as sustainable as possible - economically, socially and environmentally.
The large hospital complex will be organised like a town, with a hierarchy of neighbourhoods, streets and squares providing the basis for a diverse, dynamic and green urban area as well as intuitive wayfinding by the users. The project is pioneering in the development of 'Healing Architecture' in the Danish health sector, including the use of Evidence Based Design.
The hospital has been designed to flexibly accommodate future requirements with regard to technology, forms of treatment and working practices, and it will also bring about a considerable qualitative lift in both the experiences of patients and the working conditions of the staff.