The architectural modifications, namely the 'garden walkway,' 'facade band,' and 'light band,' serve to forge a visible connection to the existing hospital while elevating the overall quality of the premises.
Sønderborg Hospital boasts a distinctive modern architecture characterized by clean lines, robust surfaces, and simple geometry, contributing to its unique and contemporary aesthetic.
The addition of a new, elegant main entrance, coupled with the expansion incorporating a therapy basin, has facilitated an interpretation and enhancement of the existing buildings' expression in a respectful manner.
The facade band, a defining feature of the existing hospital's architectural era, plays a pivotal role. Extending horizontally around the ground floor, it frames the new therapy basin within the expansion, seamlessly integrating with the existing structure while maintaining a sense of visual cohesion.
Nordic has introduced an aesthetically pleasing solution for a modern arthritis hospital, prioritizing logic, coherence, accessibility, and healing architecture to enhance the experience for both patients and staff. The design ensures seamless interaction between the new extension, the existing hospital, the hot water pool, and the surrounding landscape. Mette Bryde Lind, Director of Gigtforeningen
A Therapy Basin in Healing Landscapes
The new extension, nestled within a slope, is crafted with an emphasis on integrated design to minimize stigmatizing elements. The basin is oriented to provide panoramic views, extending to the edge and allowing users to appreciate the scenic beauty of both nature and the city.
Complementing this, a therapy garden outside the glass facade has been created, forming an intimate zone around the patients. This design ensures unobstructed views of the greenery while preserving the overall scenic beauty.
The room is characterized by lofty ceilings and expansive windows facing south and west, allowing abundant natural light. Long skylights provide glimpses of the sky, enhancing the serene atmosphere within the basin.
A harmonious material profile is achieved through a combination of wood panels, glass partitions, and green walls. These elements create a warm contrast to the robust concrete, ensuring a cohesive design aesthetic across the main entrance, foyer, rehabilitation areas, day center, and the new therapy basin.
Inviting Nature Inside
The Rheumatology Hospital is enveloped by lush green spaces, and nearby outdoor areas directly linked to the hospital are carefully designed to offer opportunities for outdoor activities, movement, and exposure to pleasant sensory stimuli. Healing architecture is further enhanced through elements such as natural light, vibrant colors, art, music, and the soothing influence of the surrounding green environment.
The building features integrated art pieces designed by Danish artist Nicolai Howalt, adding a distinctive and culturally rich dimension to the hospital's environment.
Making Space for Inspiration
The Rheumatology Hospital is equipped with a permanent team of researchers, laboratory staff, and numerous PhD students. With a focus on cultivating a robust empirical foundation derived from outpatient treatment, the building is designed to promote a high degree of transparency between functions. This intentional transparency facilitates open interaction between research activities and users, fostering an environment that encourages collaboration and knowledge exchange.