An ‘healing environment’
An ‘healing environment’ is created by giving patients the freedom of choice between various aspects. They can decide where they stay and eat during the day and they can choose different types of comfortable rooms: guests (patients) can choose a single room or a threebedroom (community), quiet rooms, corner rooms, rooms with glass towards the corridor for contact et cetera. A healing environment is also achieved by means of daylight, different colours and repetition in contrast to alternation in the rooms.
The inner side of the building has a green and natural character. The north and south façade of the consultation building and the facility building have ivy. The patios and courtyards are clad in wood and contain a lot of greenery. Roof gardens are applied at the intensive Care. The green environment plays an important role; everything contributes to the well-being of the patient.
The flexible and forward-looking design makes most buildings suitable for different functions. The flexible designed outpatient clinic for example, may be changed in the future into an office landscape, which is possible due to the many patios.
Great art collection
Hospital Bernhoven is the owner of a great art collection. Several pieces are shown in exhibitions, but also at the floors. There has been a continuously search to find the optimal balance between design, clinical and operational requirements in relation to the main theme of the healing environment and the green character.
‘Green Hospital Bernhoven’
The main design theme is ‘Green Hospital Bernhoven’. The hospital is designed as an urban strip, which clearly differs from the green location of the hospital. As prescribed in the urban plan, the exterior of the strip is made in masonry. The entrance of the hospital is marked by a set of brickwork gates and create a new image in the area.