A boost for mental health care at Nordbyhagen
One of the main goals of the project is to provide patients and employees at Ahus with a building that facilitates good treatment for people in a particularly vulnerable situation. The design focuses on security, flexibility, equality and healing architecture.
The architectural concept adapts to the site and existing buildings, and to the special needs of the patients. The height of the building was kept quite low and the geometry simple and unassuming.
The new building has 24-hour care units at the park level, several sheltered courtyards and roof gardens, common functions and activity areas, and a centrally located access. The facility will have a new main entrance in the heart of the centre, which will grant access both to the new and the existing 24-hour units.
During the concept phase, an extensive user process has been carried out. The architects took part in site inspections and organised several users’ workshops. In the first part of the concept phase, a wide range of alternative building solutions was studied. The number of options were gradually scaled down through a methodical evaluation process in close collaboration with the client, the users, and the consultants.
For the Adult Psychiatric ward, the Cube Concept was selected for processing into the sketch design phase. For the Children and Adolescents Psychiatric ward, the extension to the east was pointed out.