A new residential area and hospital, New North Zealand Hospital, is being built in the northern part of the Capital Region of Denmark. The massive investment being poured into the area provides an opportunity to rethink the role a hospital plays not only in the health sector, but also in society.

Denmark is investing more than 6.8 billion euros over a 10-year period in the renewal of public hospital facilities throughout the country. The investment covers 16 projects. New North Zealand Hospital is one of four new super hospitals being built from the ground up.

One of the main challenges when building New North Zealand Hospital is to design a new framework in the country’s healthcare sector with a facility that is efficient but also X of the very human aspects of healing. Another goal is a significantly lower operation budget compared to existing hospitals.

New North Zealand Hospital serve more than 310,000 citizens and conduct about 500,000 outpatient treatments each year. The acute hospital will host 20 clinical functions and about 4,000 employees.

Designed by  architects Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, Switzerland) and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects (Denmark), the hospital’s architecture aims to meet the needs of patients and their relatives in order to ensure a positive experience in a difficult situation by, in part, building creating a more efficient and smooth flow. The goal is to design a hospital that doesn’t look or feel like a hospital but more like a home. The vision is to provide a new take on what it means to be hospitalized in the years to come.

With four floors at its highest point, the hospital is purposefully designed to appear modest—despite its large size of 115,000 square meters and 570 single patient rooms. The design is flexible to adapt to future needs and changes within the sector. The construction work will begin in 2018 with expected delivery at the end of 2021.