Specialised, modern and future-proof

Project information

  1. Location Aarhus, Danmark
  2. Area8.200 m²
  3. Construction cost405000000

Project details

  1. Year2020 — 2022
  2. StatusUnder development
  3. Partners Hoffmann A/S
    Kjaer&Richter A/S
    RH arkitekter A/S
    VITA ingeniører A/S
    Spangenberg & Madsen A/S
  4. Client Region Midtjylland
  5. Enquiries Sofie Peschardt
  6. Scope Hospital and health care planning and design

The Hospital Pharmacy for Region Midtjylland, is the second largest hospital pharmacy in Denmark, with approximately 370 employees and an annual turnover close to 2 billion Danish kroner. The pharmacy offers extensive and specialised knowledge in pharmacology, drug manufacturing and pharmacy operations. The construction of this facility will create an ideal framework for modern and future-proof operations.

In connection with the relocation from Aarhus University Hospital's existing buildings, the current hospital pharmacy and hospital laundry will be moved to new premises at Aarhus University Hospital in Skejby. The pharmacy is responsible for the supply of pharmaceuticals for the entire Region of Central Jutland, including the procurement, production and distribution of pharmaceuticals to the region's hospitals. Hospitalsapoteket Region Midtjylland has its own production functions for cytostatics, antibiotics and other services.

Unified and logical

The vision for the project was to design the pharmacy as a unified building, with a logical organisation and flow. The transparent facade serves as a friendly outward face.

We wanted to develop a clear and simple building, where the various functions each get their optimal form. The new production pharmacy consists of four main functions: warehouse, production, office and technical. The four functional areas have comparable requirements for size, but each has its own unique requirements for daylight, technology and user flow. The solution has been to design a unified building consisting of two building types: an office and administration building with a floor height and building depth to match, and a production building where storage, production and engineering are stacked. The unifying design of the facades givesthe impression of a single building. Inside, the two parts will be united around a common courtyard. Here, the building meets physically and visually - the whole building has access to courtyard. Additionally, the windows in the office and production building provide a visual connection across the building's functions, so that the pharmacy's employees feel connected.

Sustainability strategy

The building will be constructed as building class 2020 with several passive, active, renewable and DGNB measures. The philosophy is that the most sustainable energy is the energy we do not use. Preliminary energy analyses have been carried out, with a particular focus on so-called keep-it-simple technologies, i.e., high use of passive, well-known measures and energy-efficient technology. A prerequisite for low energy consumption for building operations is that loads that can be a nuisance are reduced or eliminated before they reach the building. Minimising loads will also benefit the overall indoor climate strategy of the building. We then worked to ensure that the optimised energy needs are met by the most efficient and clean energy sources, including the use of solar cells and the collective district cooling system, where waste heat is recycled at AUH.

Our task included an extensive user process in the layout and project proposal. With nine different user tracks and over 400 unique items of fixtures and equipment, there has been a lot to keep track of. Through 45 meetings, we worked closely with the users to overcome some interesting and complex challenges.