Psychiatric Hospital

Psychiatric Hospital

Architect
Tengbom
Location
Uppsala, Sweden | View Map
Project Year
2013
Category
Hospitals
Stories By
Tengbom
Åke E:son Lindman

Psychiatric Hospital

Tengbom as Architects

The Psychiatric Hospital gave us the opportunity to provide a strong symbol of humanistic architecture. Research has shown thatthe design and structure of the physical environment can aid in patient recovery and the term ”from hospital to hotel” can, therefore, serve as a metaphor for the ambitious goals of this project. The design as a whole offers the potential for de-dramatizing illness and for helping the patients to progress towards a more rapid recovery. We have chosen to minimise the number of material choices, colours and structural components to ensure that the core of the building provides a tranquil background that is sustainable in the long term and that can be filled with a range of content over time. Furniture, people, fabrics, moveable and fixed art help to add colour to spaces and facilities in line with shifting requirements.


The architecture endeavours to carry natural light into the heart of the building and conveys a clear individual identity through its glass façade while at the same time, forming part of the interaction between the hospital area and the city and Castle park area. The site is a clearly delineated and steeply sloping plot at the foot of Uppsala Castle, and cutting a semi-subterraneanfloor into the slope and elevating the public floor by one level was the natural way of resolving the difference in levels. The visitor enters the building via an escalator that runs along a terraced slope and on, into the building, with reflecting pools signing the way. A unifying atrium meets people as they enter the building and creates a clearly defined space that helps ensure a good overview and facilitates navigation. A penthouse floor at the top of the building is set aside for patient activities, while a generously dimensioned roof terrace offers space for gentle walks or for rest and relaxation.


In the inpatient section, the patients are offered single rooms with balconies that provide an external, continuous shell outside the inner façade, creating a very distinctive façade pattern that generates an overall sense of calm. The area enables the in-patient to gradually acclimatise to everyday life by passing through distinct zones from the private sphere of their own room, via a balcony that constitutes a halfway space between private and public spaces, to the most proximate day room and finally, into the public space of the atrium. The atrium is a meeting place for visitors, personnel and patients alike. The specially commissioned works of art maintain a sense of balance. Frida Tebus’ sculptural installations greet the visitor in the main entrance, while Anders Widoff’s works are each visible in their own reflecting pool.To summarise, the Psychiatric Hospital is designed to meet existing and future care requirements for people in need of specialist psychiatric care while enduring a minimal institutional feel.

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto merges a contemporary volume with Italian rural vernacular
11 Aug 2022 News
Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto merges a contemporary volume with Italian rural vernacular

In Italy’s Apulian countryside, Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto is a renovation and e... More

Refugee Museum of Denmark (FLUGT) by BIG sheds light on the stories, challenges, emotions, and spirit of the world's refugees
9 Aug 2022 News
Refugee Museum of Denmark (FLUGT) by BIG sheds light on the stories, challenges, emotions, and spirit of the world's refugees

Situated on the site of Denmark's largest Refugee camp from World War II, FLUGT by BIG is a museum d... More

Haydon Xi’an by Salone Del Salon is an artistic tribute to Retro, Sci-fi and Fantasy
8 Aug 2022 News
Haydon Xi’an by Salone Del Salon is an artistic tribute to Retro, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Haydon, a multi-brand cosmetics retailer recently opened its doors to a striking, new retail space i... More

Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre by Rizvi Hassan is an ode to indigenous way of living
8 Aug 2022 News
Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre by Rizvi Hassan is an ode to indigenous way of living

Located on a hilltop in the middle of a refugee camp area, The Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre, desi... More

CoBe Architecture and Paysage design a Residential Complex with an Interplay of Solid and Void
8 Aug 2022 News
CoBe Architecture and Paysage design a Residential Complex with an Interplay of Solid and Void

Located near the Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway station, Tri Postal Block designed by CoBe architecture... More

Habitat Groupé Bolette accommodates two separate houses within one confident brick volume
5 Aug 2022 News
Habitat Groupé Bolette accommodates two separate houses within one confident brick volume

On a building plot in a small Brabant village, two families are accommodated within two separate hou... More

MATISSE patisserie by NOMMA STUDIO celebrates the energy and simplicity of the famous painter’s work
5 Aug 2022 News
MATISSE patisserie by NOMMA STUDIO celebrates the energy and simplicity of the famous painter’s work

Well-designed interior spaces are one of the many reasons for the ongoing popularity of patisseries.... More

Studio Coplanar renovates a countryside house in a white and azure palette
5 Aug 2022 News
Studio Coplanar renovates a countryside house in a white and azure palette

Located in the countryside of downtown Brazil, Serrana House designed by Studio Coplanar is a 30-yea... More