Gødstrup Regional Hospital

A super-hospital which challenges traditional hospital design
Gødstrup Regional Hospital is a new “super-hospital” to be located north of Herning. The hospital is one of Denmark’s biggest development projects in the health sector, and will set new standards for Danish hospital construction in the future.
  • AART
    Architect collaboration
  • Nordic
    Architect collaboration
  • Sweco
    Engineer
  • MOE
    Engineer
  • Erik A. Frandsen
    Art
  • Location
    Hospitalsparken 15, 7400 Herning
  • Year
    2011-2022
  • Size
    135.000 m²
  • Architect
    Arkitema
  • Landscape
    Arkitema
Arkitema Gødstrup Hospital Photo Niels Nygaard 14 web

In close and effective collaboration with a number of capable partners, we have sketched out the whole of the medical wing of the hospital and designed most of the treatment and ward section. The medical part includes the A&E unit with emergency rooms and casualty department, surgical and diagnostic imaging suites, outpatient clinics and wards for children and young people, along with midwifery, maternity and neonatal departments.

Arkitema Gødstrup Hospital Photo Niels Nygaard 17 web

The architectural design is firmly based around the principles of “healing architecture”, in which the setting supports the patient’s recovery process and promotes well-being for everyone in the hospital. The project has a logical structure consisting of a central axis and transverse wings, with all of the outpatient functions housed on the central base of the hospital on the ground floor.

A user-friendly wayfinding system is reflected in the internal organisation of the hospital, with a separate flow for staff and patient transport in the form of a “transport ring” on the second and third floors connected to the bed lifts. This makes it easier for the staff to move from A to B. From the foyer and corridors, large glass panels provide a view over internal courtyard gardens and the surrounding landscape.

Arkitema Gødstrup Hospital Photo Niels Nygaard 13 web
The design of the project has an exciting relationship to the art, where integrated works by the renowned artist, Erik A. Frandsen, adorn the entrance area and foyer of the hospital.
Arkitema Gødstrup Hospital Photo Niels Nygaard 10 web
Arkitema Gødstrup Hospital Photo Niels Nygaard 11 web

A strong focus on the physical experience with natural, tactile materials like wood and tiles on walls and floors make the design expression less clinical and so help to challenge traditional hospital design.

The elevated wards look out on green space and there is access to open terraces from every floor, while the ground floor connects to internal courtyard gardens and the surrounding landscape.

Arkitema Gødstrup Hospital Photo Niels Nygaard 06 web
Arkitema Gødstrup Hospital Photo Niels Nygaard 07 web

Extensive staff involvement processes and workshops have been run, to underpin the functionality, working environment and other usability aspects. These stakeholder involvement processes were crucial to generating motivation, knowledge and ownership of the project, and so creating a constructive foundation to benefit staff and future patients at Gødstrup Regional Hospital.

Arkitema Gødstrup Hospital Photo Niels Nygaard 18 web