Aalborg University Hospital

Aalborg/ Denmark

Size/ Masterplan 330,000 m²/ Hospital 134,500 m²/ The Faculty of Health Science 22.500 m²
Cost/ € 551.5 million excl. VAT
Competition/ 2012, 1st prize in restricted competition
Status/ Construction period 2013-2020
Client/ The North Denmark Region
Partner architects/ Creo Architects/ Link Arkitektur
Sub-consultant/ NNE Pharmaplan
Landscape Architect/ Architect Kristine Jensens Tegnestue
Engineers/ Brix & Kamp Consulting Engineers/ Oluf Jørgensen Consulting Engineers/ Royal Haskoning
Other consultants/ Bjørk & Maigård/ Norconsult/ Implement
Photo/ Region Nordjylland
Additional scope/ AAU SUND faculty (Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet)

New Aalborg University Hospital in Northern Jutland comprises a 330.000 m² masterplan with a hospital complex and a faculty of health science of Aalborg University. The overall architectural approach is to design the hospital with specific attention to the individual user, creating optimal conditions to support the comfort of both patients and visitors. The surroundings are less formal, less institutional and less impersonal. The idea is to enhance the characteristics of the landscape and to create synergy between the different hospital functions.

The architecture is clear and meets the request of a hospital which offers a humane and spatial experience. New Aalborg University Hospital will be a functional facility with references to human scale in both the interior and the exterior.

Our design aims is enhance the characteristics of the existing landscape and to create synergy between the different functions of the hospital. The durable masterplan offers not only a maximum of flexibility in regards to future extensions but also meets the ambition of offering views and ample daylight in the whole structure for patients, relatives and staff.

The functions are tied together by an inner street which is the vital connection in the whole structure.

By carefully placing the different functions in relation to each other, we fulfil the ambition of closeness while supporting both a well-planned continuity of care and interdisciplinary knowledge sharing in the clinical work.

In early 2020, the new Faculty of Medicine at Aalborg University with the name of AAU SUND started construction. The 22,500-square-metre extension will be closely connected to the hospital’s structures and will integrate the building seamlessly into its neighborhood context while care, health, and wellness are at the forefront of its design. The project celebrates human nature, curiosity, empathy, and creativity.

AAU SUND’s extension will be home of offices, workspaces, collaboration facilities, classrooms, auditoriums and laboratories laid amongst an interconnecting building between the hospital and the new faculty as well as two 3 and 4-storey buildings: SUND1 and SUND2.

Moving through the doors of the educational facilitates, a softly-lighted vertical space opens up. The white, off-white and timber color scheme of the faculty’s interior is accented with open atriums, creat-ing both connectivity, clarity, and intuitive wayfinding.

The main concept of the design is to both reflect and support the close relationship between the faculty students and the hospital to create a fruitful interaction between academic research and clinical practice. The AAU SUND project is planned for completion in 2022-2023.

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