Following a 12 month intensive international design competition, the Architectural consortium of Herzog & de Meuron/Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter was awarded the contract to design the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark, with Ramboll named as the engineering services consultant for the project.
The hospital will extend over 128,000 sqm, serve more than 310,000 people and include over 600 single bed wards. The bottom 2 storeys of the building comprise diagnosis and treatment facilities with the top two storeys comprising a ribbon of wards surrounding a roof garden.
Envisioned as a pavilion set within the forest, the design brings together all the hospital’s necessary functions within one clover-shaped structure. The low-rise building reaches out horizontally into the landscape, surrounded by trees and native plantation. Unlike many large scale hospitals, the inviting and welcoming facility maintains a human scale throughout, arranged around an expansive and secure roof garden sitting above the main diagnosis and treatment floors.
The upper level bed wards will open into the roof garden, or provide views out over the surrounding trees, providing an opportunity for patient rehabilitation. The bed wards are likely to be constructed from prefabricated modules made from either steel or timber, reducing on-site waste and embracing modern methods of construction. The flexible design can be adapted for future expansion, with large and uniform floor plates being designed to accommodate changes in usage and function.
“This is a very unique concept and one that I believe will inspire others around the world when designing hospitals in the future. We are both proud and delighted to be involved.” Lars Ostenfeld Riemann, Ramboll Group Buildings Director.
“…its soft, flowing form binds the many components of the hospital. It is a low building that fosters exchange between staff and patients, and it has a human scale despite its very large size.” Herzog & de Meuron.
The size and shape of the building cause interesting challenges in relation to concreting, creep and drying shrinkage, which Ramboll will help solve. Ramboll manages a number of disciplines connected to modern hospitals, including installation conditions in operating rooms, CT, MR scanners, laboratories etc.
Hillerød is North of Copenhagen and was the historical home of the Danish Royal family with Frederiksborg Palace being the largest Renaissance palace in Scandinavia. The New North Zealand Hospital will be the result of consolidating the three existing hospitals across the region and is part of Denmark’s healthcare consolidation programme which includes the redevelopment of 7 hospitals. The New North Zealand Hospital is the 3rd major healthcare building to be awarded to Ramboll as part of this consolidation programme.