A new extension to Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital is being opened in Bergen. The project has been designed by C.F. Møller Architects and is characterised by two atria that deliver plenty of daylight and eliminate traditional long corridors.
Breaks with tradition
Unlike the situation in traditional hospital buildings, there are no long corridors. The wards units are situated around and along two large covered atria, which create the framework for two different communal areas: A public arrival area with a reception, café, shop and seating area, and a more private room solely for patients and their guests.
The atria will ensure that daylight is drawn into the building, creating easy orientation and a good overview. Every patient will have access to a view of the valley and the city, as the new building will follow the course of the Møllendal River, creating a curve in the façade.
Respect for history
The original hospital was opened in 1940. There was room for 100 patients, sisters from the Deaconess Foundation and students at the college of nursing. A hallmark was the fact that patients had a view of the city and the fjord. The new building adds 170 additional beds to A&E.
“We usually call Haraldsplass the beautiful swan at the foot of the mountain Ulriken. Many hospitals have buildings and surroundings that people find alienating. Per Grieg’s architecture is precise and tight in its structure, and at the same time beautiful and friendly,” says Christian Dahl, and elaborates on the importance this has had on the approach to the work on Haraldsplass.
“Per Grieg’s Haraldsplass is one of the most important works in his long career. We believe it is important to have respect for and understanding of the qualities of the place, and wanted to further these qualities with the new beds building. Haraldsplass is an institution that has a long history of care, and this care radiates from the place, the people working there and the buildings accommodating Haraldsplass’s patients, students and staff”. Source by C.F. Møller Architects.
Location: Bergen, Norway
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Landscape: Asplan Viak
Collaborators: LAB Entreprenør AS, Rambøll Norge, Sweco Norge, Asplan VIAK
Client: Haraldsplass Diakonale Stiftelse
Size: 14200 m2/187 beds
Photographs: Joergen True, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects