Aarhus University Hospital - AUH. C.F. Møller. Photo: Julian Weyer

Aarhus University Hospital - AUH

The largest hospital project in the history of Denmark, the New University Hospital in Aarhus, has been added to the existing Aarhus University Hospital in Skejby to create one overall hospital complex.
 Aarhus University Hospital - AUH. C.F. Møller. Photo: Thomas Mølvig


Region Mid-Jutland


Aarhus, Denmark


216,000 m² newbuild, 159,000 m² conversion =375,000 m², plottage: approx. 970,000 m². 797 beds, 43 dialysis seats, 80 hotel beds.




1st prize in international architectural competition. 2007

Client consultant



Rambøll, Alectia, Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma


C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Cubo Arkitekter


Schønherr Landskab


Sophia Kalkau, Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen

Collaborators, other

Lohfert & Lohfert

  • Building Better Healthcare Award - Best International Design. 2017
  • 1st prize in international architectural competition. 2007

The resulting hospital-city is the size of and has been laid out in the image of an archetypal small Danish town, rising towards the centre around a tall landmark building. It is also Aarhus’ largest workplace. The hospital complex is structured with a hierarchy of quarters, streets, plazas and squares, to create a diverse and lively green urban quarter, and enable intuitive way-finding for its users. Systematic use of knowledge- and evidence-based design means that the concept of “healing architecture” has influenced the design of the hospital - from the layout of single-bed wards, to the use of daylight and light inflows, to the design of landscape and garden spaces. The hospital is also designed to flexibly meet future requirements of technology, treatment methods and working routines.

The overall complex is divided into professional communities with their own identities. This ensures a clear structure, based on three elements: a two-storey base with treatment functions; wards above the base up to a height of four storeys; and in the middle the “Forum” central arrival area, where public functions are located at the foot of a 13-storey centre point acting as a point of orientation.

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