Herzog & de Meuron wins Danish hospital design competition

10 April 2014 (Last Updated April 10th, 2014 18:30)

A team of Herzog & de Meuron and Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter has won a competition to design an acute care facility for the New North Zealand Hospital in Denmark.

New North Zealand Hospital

A team of Herzog & de Meuron and Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter has won a competition to design an acute care facility for the New North Zealand Hospital in Denmark.

Planned to be located north of Copenhagen in Hillerød, the new 124,000m² hospital will have 24 medical departments and more than 660 beds.

The winning team beat six other practices, including C.F. Møller and BIG.

Herzog & de Meuron's design brings together all the hospital's functions under one organic building, shaped like a clover leaf.

The four-storey hospital, which is expected to open in 2020, will take the form of a pavilion in the middle of a forest south of Hillerød.

"Low, flat, hospital buildings can be better integrated in the city or the countryside than the high-rises structures."

The winning design promotes the crossing of conventional operational borders and the facility will be conceived of as a horizontal building organically reaching out into the open landscape.

Herzog & de Meuron said the building's soft, flowing form binds several components of the hospital.

The company said it is a low building that fosters exchange between staff and patients, and it has a human scale despite its very large size.

Herzog & de Meuron said: "The choice of the jury is a seminal sign to architects and the entire health-care sector; low, flat, hospital buildings can be better integrated in the city or the countryside than the high-rises structures that were often realised in the last decades."


Image: New North Zealand Hospital. Photo: courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron.