Women, Children, and Heredity consists of two interconnected building volumes connected by a bridge: a sand-colored masonry volume housing outpatient care and hospitalization, and a gray volume in concrete panels housing offices and the hospital school. Visitors enter the central hall through a spacious arcade that traverses the entire building. Counters are shaped as freely formed volumes within the space, creating a striking contrast with the orthogonal architecture of the building. The women, children, and heredity building section covers 38,000 m2, of which 30,000 m2 is dedicated to WCH and 8,000 m2 to the administrative section.
Warmth and Gentleness
It is a building for the softer side of our society, and that has been taken into account. The building presents itself as a large independent volume on an urban level, but it takes on a human scale when approached closely. This is achieved through refined masonry details with long flat stones, seamlessly joined without visible mortar joints.
The extensive focus on the patient runs as a common thread throughout the project, and we believe that this is also palpable in the end result. The demand for natural daylight was high on the priority list. This has been achieved through large windows and daylight patios. There are hardly any patient corridors with two closed facades; one walks from daylight to daylight. This is not only pleasant but also beneficial for the orientation of the building’s users. The key asset in terms of a healing environment is the penetration of daylight deep into the building.
Construction start: 2014
118 pediatric beds
8 places for women’s day hospital
30 places for children’s day hospital
65 maternity beds
12 delivery rooms