Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland Shortlisted Proposal / BIG

  • 27 Aug 2013
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As we announced last week, BIG+WHR+Arup has been selected as one of three design teams to participate in the second phase of the design competition for Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland, a 124,000 square meter acute hospital in , north of Copenhagen. BIG’s proposal for the new hospital, serving over 300,000 people, seeks to “preserve the site’s existing natural features while optimizing the efficient hospital machine.”

Read on for more from the architect’s description…


The new hospital, merging three hospitals into one, will be built on a former hunting area characterized by rolling hills, many small ponds and one of the largest forests in the country. BIG’s proposal consists of eight interlocking playfully composed rings, which encourage maximum interface between the wards and creating spacious courtyards that give the hospital a sense of community. The flat green roof responds to the natural topography, and the rings vary in height to create access to green surfaces. As a result, each patient room has a relationship either to an internal landscaped courtyard or to the surrounding woodland and greenery.


Bjarke Ingels stated: “Studies show that daylight and views to green areas and plants has a healing effect on bed lying patients. One of our guiding principles has been to further build on the area’s historic landscape features and to create a smooth transition between inside and outside. The façade is designed with integrated planters to bring nature right to the patient’s bedroom window. The landscape is in this way always present.”


Instead of creating linear circulation corridors, the hospital is built up around a central node which allows access to all the departments. To optimize the flows, the ground floor is kept free from bed transportation making the foyer a welcoming public space.


“BIG’s ideas, together with the large green spaces and green surfaces, mean that we really can talk about a healing hospital in the best possible interpretation of the concept”, the jury commented last Friday.

Architects: BIG
Creative Director: Bjarke Ingels
Partners In Charge: Andreas Klok Pedersen
Project Leader: Hanna Johansson
Big Team: Lucian Racovitan, Taylor McNally-Anderson, Mathias Bank, Zoltan David Kalaszi
Whr Architects Team: Anthony Haas, Stephanie Schwindel, Akshay Sangolli
Arup Team: Sandra Akmansoy, Francesco Petrella, Ambrogio Angotzi, Tiago Oliviera, Mark Chown, Rudi Scheuermann
Hospital Consultant: ArchiMED
Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon
Landscape Architect: Man Made Land
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: BIG

See all the shortlisted proposals for Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland here.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland Shortlisted Proposal / BIG" 27 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=421002>
  • bhb

    Area, 0.0 sq. m. That is not very, um, big. Some of those interior views are not very convincing.

  • Laust Christian Øby Kjeldsen

    What’s wrong with the proposal by Herzog & de Meuron and CF Møller? They’ve been shortlisted too. And in my opinion they look even more promising than the one by BIG.

  • miesmodulor

    this is boring