RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Extension. C.F. Møller. Photo: HENN

RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Extension

The iconic and listed University Hospital RWTH in Aachen, Germany, will be expanded with a new surgery ward including intensive care units and a new public entrance.
 RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Extension. C.F. Møller. Photo: Arge HENN C.F. Møller


Universitätsklinikum Aachen AöR


Aachen, Germany


35,000 m², 50 intensive care beds




1st prize in architectural competition. 2017


Wetzel & von Seht (TWP) Klett Ingenieur GmbH (TA) Hospitaltechnik Planungsgesellschaft MbH (Medizintechnik)


C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with HENN


Neumann Gusenburger Landschaftsarchitekten

  • Highly Commended, European Healthcare Design Awards - Future Healthcare Design category, 2020. 2020
  • 1st prize in architectural competition. 2017

To minimize the visual impact on the existing listed building, large parts of the design is below ground level. The expansion is therefore covered with a lush green parkland open to both the public and staff, the parkland will be the first thing you will meet arriving at the hospital. The low-slung building volume rises towards the public entrance in a sweeping and generous gesture, which creates an inviting, bright and warm-toned entrance that enables a completely intuitive wayfinding for patients and relatives, guided by views to the green parkland.

The patient-oriented facilities are all located along the facade, allowing direct access to both extensive daylight and the surrounding green areas. Daylight and easy access to nature have a positive effect on the patient's course of disease and are therefore important prerequisites for creating a healing architecture. In the middle of the building, as a breakdown in the flexible and efficient layout, there are custom designed employee hubs that offer the best conditions for collaboration and cohesion between all employees.

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