Royal opening of Norwegian hospital

30.11.2015 / Together with Arkitema Architects and Arkitema/ELN Architects, we have designed Sykehuset Østfold Kalnes in Sarpsborg south of Oslo. There, we have combined healing architecture with innovative 3D technology. On 30 November 2015, King Harald V of Norway inaugurates the new hospital, which has a budget of over NOK6 billion.
Sykehuset Østfold Kalnes sets a new standard for Norwegian hospital construction, based on the concept of reducing length of stay and optimising workflow. Covering 89,000 m2, the building is based on an advanced digital 3D model, which was used throughout the design and planning phase to create one of Norway’s most cutting-edge hospitals.
"The 3D model has been a great tool for creating a treatment environment that is both effective and healing. With this model, we have achieved the developer’s vision of giving all patients private rooms overlooking the scenic surroundings," says Anders Strange, CCO and partner at AART Architects. It is also the only hospital in Norway with ensuite bathrooms for all patients. "At the same time, it has given us a unique opportunity to optimise flow and workflow in close dialogue with the hospital staff," he adds.
Strange continues: "A more efficient building process has been another key benefit of the model." The hospital has thus been completed six months earlier than originally planned. As one of Norway’s largest hospitals, Sykehuset Østfold Kalnes gathers four former hospitals and a psychiatric care centre under one roof, focusing on offering specialised health care for the 300,000 people in the Østfold region in south-eastern Norway.
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