The building consists of eight cluster houses that elegantly form a circular flow where the cluster houses and the functional and administrative building, like a closed ring, bring all functions together and ensure an open as well as well-arranged psychiatric hospital. Here, patients experience a clearly defined and protected atmosphere that helps them regain their place in life, as they increase their strength and gradually use the common areas more and more. Selected walls and functions are clad with wooden slats to ensure good acoustics and promote a good atmosphere. An environment that is far from that of an institution and close to homeliness.
An open and transparent psychiatric hospital
- Region Syddanmark
- MT Højgaard
- Turnkey Contractor
- MOE og MT Højgaard
- Signe Guttormsen
- Integrated art
- 2014 - 2017
- 17.000 m²
- European Healthcare Design Award 2018, Mental Health category
The psychiatric hospital has 91 single-bed rooms distributed over six units, a psychiatric emergency department and a psychiatric outpatient clinic for children and young people and is characterised by a green environment as the landscape is drawn right in between the buildings and the courtyards. In addition to the green environment, there is easy access to the different activities, such as gym facilities and a sports centre with plenty of natural daylight. The many glass panels, which ensure inflow of light, also contribute to creating visibility from indoor and outdoor spaces for everyone, which, among other things, has a positive impact on conflicts and conflict management.
The project was developed in the PPP team in close dialogue with the client, who pointed out the types of spatialities and divisions that counteract potential stress incidents and conflict incidents. Moreover, the viewpoints of patients were included.
From our collaborators
It's a great place to work and actually a safe place to work. I think it is really great that I get to take patients to some of the sport activities that are scientifically proven to have beneficial effect on the course of the mental health condition. I've been given more possibilities for my personal development and for what I can do with my patients. And I feel like that makes everything I do just a bit better.— Rene Sørensen, Physical therapist, Vejle Psychiatry