Open Platform


Type: Psychiatric Cluster
Client: Region Midtjylland
Place: Gødstrup
Architect: OP (lead) Arkitema (sub)
Engineer: MOE
Size: 15.000 m²
Status: three phase competition 2nd prize

Less vicious circles. More good circles.
Nature, art and architecture play a mayor role in the healing process of the mentally ill. Together with doctors, politicians, nurses and everybody involved in the making of the new DNV-Gødstrup Psychiatric Hospital, we must mobilise architecture in a cooperative effort to create a positive environment. An environment manifesting that a strong society cares for its weakest members. By making an architectural effort we show the individuals, who often feel excluded, that we really care. Basically this kind of hospital should feel more like a resort: spacious and at the same time intimate, rational and durable as well as cozy and tactile. Efficiency and comfort must go hand in hand. A human scale, soft curves and accessibility create a healing and stress-free environment. The general layout creates a perfect flow for the staff and provides pleasant conditions for the patients, in ways that rethink and reconfigure the traditional hospital. One major improvement is that every single patient bedroom has an uninterrupted view to the surrounding park. Furthermore, fencing is no longer needed because the building structure integrates the gardens. Finally, there are no dead ends or long corridors thanks to the circular organisation and the continuous flow.