New Psychiatric Hospital, Bispebjerg – Welcoming architecture for psychiatric treatment
This new hospital complex creates a new, innovative environment for psychiatric treatment, while ensuring the best conditions for research, education and training, knowledge sharing and the use of modern technology in courses of treatment. The physical setting creates a sense of security and well being for the individual patient and provides the basis for development and healing with human-scale architecture and a friendly, welcoming impact. Work on the New Psychiatric Hospital, Bispebjerg was governed by three fundamental ideas:
- To use the architecture to create a valuable environment for people, to make their time in the hospital a restorative stay.
- To create a clear, functional layout to support a professional, secure psychiatric treatment.
- To interact with the existing building complex, landscape and garden spaces of Bispebjerg Hospital and the intentions of the district plan/master plan.
The project is designed with staggered units, ensuring that all sections have direct access to a sunny, private courtyard and preventing overhead sections from creating shadow, and ensuring that no one can look in and disturb patients.