In designing the 35,521 square-foot building, the White Arkitekter design team chose to emphasize the beauty of Greenland’s natural landscape and create a tranquil atmosphere with a strong connection to the hospital’s surroundings. By analyzing and recognizing the impact of architecture on the hospital’s patients, the design team has attempted to create a calm, healing environment for its visitors.
Many of the main gathering areas throughout the structure, such as the atrium, will be transitional spaces that meld the protection of a confined space with the beauty and clarity of the landscape. These flexible spaces are catered to various activities including family and friend visits, exercise, and personal reflection.
For many, the stereotypical psychiatric facility may conjure up images of sequestered, enclosed spaces. But White Arkitekter emphasized the importance of natural light in interior spaces. Patient’s quarters were designed with generous windows, providing breathtaking views of the landscape and an abundance of natural light in most rooms. The architect has also chosen to emphasize wood, a natural material, throughout the design due to its proven stress-reducing effect on the human psyche.
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