The expansion of Aabenraa Hospital creates an enhanced, modern centre for health care expertise
As one of four emergency care hospitals in the region, Aabenraa Hospital will deal with emergency cases for the overall hospital. The expansion and reconstruction will create an enhanced, modern centre for health care expertise.
The buildings’ distinctive architecture means that the hospital will make a beautiful impact against a background of countryside and town. The existing rectangular hospital will form the basis for the new ward building, which will open like a fan, hovering over the forest reserve, creating the very best views, light and air for the wards and open areas. The project was designed with the explicit goal of creating a unified hospital, in which both old and new achieve maximum harmony.
The new, five-storey ward building will be located on top of a new building base, housing an intensive care unit, laboratories and a new patient plaza with the main entrance and a café. The concept will connect the new project to the existing high street, which is the Hospital’s artery. Consequently, the new patient square will form the central hub of the hospital with explicit, short, clear access routes to all the hospital’s clinics.
A ‘rambla’ will extend like a cohesive stroke along the south-facing façades of the hospital, following the slope of the landscape up to the main entrance. The functional objective of the project was to create a coherent whole, in which new construction is optimally integrated into the existing structure, and in which buildings, interior design and logistics match the activities, which will benefit patients, staff and relatives in the future.