Design

Architecture

Home visit— Copenhagen

Preface

The origami roof of the new Center for Cancer and Health suggests that this is no ordinary hospital. Nord Architects Copenhagen has achieved a design leap by creating a leafy courtyard and comfortable interiors.

Nord Architects, Nørrebro, Care, Health, Hospital, Medicine

  1. Windows
    The windows in the training area and lecture hall face north to harness as much natural light as possible, taking into account Denmark’s short daylight hours in winter.

  2. Materials
    The materials are easy to clean, durable and tactile – the kind associated more with domestic architecture than hospitals.

  3. Interiors
    Domestic rather than contract furniture makes the centre feel more like a home than an institution.

  4. Spatial arrangement
    Rooms are laid out in a way that promotes social engagement between patients but also provide secluded spaces for privacy.

  5. Kitchen
    Cooking courses are offered – food is very important because during chemotherapy patients lose their appetite.

Architect CV

  • 2003 - Nord Architects Copenhagen founded
  • 2009 - Complete the Natural Science Center, Bjerringbro
  • 2011 - Natural Science Center nominated for the biennial Mies van der Rohe architecture prize
  • 2012 - Win the competition to develop a masterplan for the Bispebjerg hospital
  • 2012 - Co-curate the Danish pavilion show “A Possible Greenland” at the Venice Architecture Biennale

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