Køge University Hospital, Landscape. C.F. Møller. Photo: Rådgivergruppen USK

Køge University Hospital, Landscape

With nature and water as prominent urban features, a new climate-resilient landscape park is created, activating and connecting the hospital with the landscape and the surrounding town.
 Køge University Hospital, Landscape. C.F. Møller. Photo: Rådgivergruppen USK


Region Sjælland


Køge, Denmark


267000 m²



Client consultant



Rambøll, Alectia


C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with CUBO


C.F. Møller Architects

Collaborators, other

Gehl Architects

Køge University Hospital (USK) is an expansion of the existing Køge Hospital, which will be enlarged threefold to a total area of 177,000 m². This compact new construction makes space for a sustainable landscape approach which is based on further processing of the surrounding landscape – the characteristic, ring-shaped forest which encircles the hospital.

The hospital complex project is supplemented with a striking new plain landscape. An organic network of paths, climate-adjusted recreational and activity zones, and a varied, fertile landscape space activate and reintroduce the original landscape and the glade as an attractive new public urban and landscape space in Køge. The ring forest is transformed into forest parking, releasing the entire glade for recreational purposes. The wet meadow, a broad wetland along the edge of the glade, naturally integrates cloudburst protection and rainwater handling (LDR = local drainage of rainwater) from the entire hospital area, and with its lakes, ditches and wet areas manifests the waterbody's cycle as attractive biotopes that lend character with rich fauna.

Køge University Hospital is being further developed from a healing urban island to a protecting and vitalising element of the town. A new social meeting place for health, social interaction and the senses which forms the contours of the health community of the future and stages the landscape as an everyday outdoor space with a unique, sustainable social mix, and a clear and positive health-promoting profile.

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