In our research for Elsinore Psychiatric Hospital, we not only made intensive analysis of the program and the needs of the clients, we also interviewed the daily users of the clinic: staff, patients and relatives. The different input from these interviews did not give any clear answers as to what the hospital should be like. Rather, they pointed out several paradoxes and ambiguities that we brought into the project by transforming them into conflicting qualities of the program - to be AND not to be a psychiatric hospital. A psychiatric hospital requires a clear, centralized functionality. At the same time it needs to look and feel like anything but a hospital. The snowflake structure lets all departments radiate in separate directions from a central node, leaving informal spaces within and around them. Also, it makes the hospital fold into the surrounding hilly landscape, disguising itself in order to optimize the cure of mental illness.
Architect:PLOT = BIG + JDS
Partner-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Collaborators: Julien De Smedt, NCC, Moe & Brodsgaard
Project Leader: Jakob Eggen
Project Architect: David Zahle
Project Manager: Leif Andersen
Team: Anders Drescher, Anna Manosa, Annette Jensen, Ask Hvas, Casper Larsen, Christian Finderup, Dennis Rasmussen, Finn Nørkjær, Hanne Halvorsen, Henrik Juel Nielsen, Ida Marie Nissen, Jakob Møller, Jamie Meunier, Jesper Bo Jensen, Jesper Wichmann, Jørn Jensen, Kasper Brøndum Larsen, Lene Nørgaard, Louise Steffensen, Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Simon Irgens-Møller, Thomas Christoffersen, Xavier Pavia Pages