Nature has a healing effect on people. At Herlev Hospital this knowledge is taken seriously with lush courtyards, green roof gardens and a large green heart that makes the new hospital vibrant and life-affirming to the core.
2010 — 2020
Lead landscape architect
Partners & Collaborators
Henning Larsen Architects, Friis & Moltke, Orbicon Leif Hansen, Norconsult, NNE Pharmaplan, Brunsgaard & Laursen
Together with Henning Larsen, SLA has designed the new addition to Herlev Hospital and has been responsible for the landscape design and planting strategy.
We have designed the outdoor spaces to appeal to all senses: From stress-relieving gardens and recreational corners to fragrant flower beds and playful pools of water. Since many of the hospital’s users are staying indoor the landscape is designed as a series of ’paintings’ that change character in tune with the seasons. With SLA’s landscape design Herlev Hospital will become a lush, vibrant and green hospital where people will not only feel better than they usually do – they will also heal faster.
The latest research unambiguously stresses the great restorative value of prioritizing natural elements in our environment. Blood pressure, pulse, muscle tension and other body stress indicators fall measurably when we interact with nature; this is the knowledge has been put into play in SLA’s design for Herlev Hospital’s urban spaces.
In SLA’s design, Herlev Hospital becomes a lush, vibrant and green hospital, where both patients, relatives and employees have views and access to green surroundings. Introducing wild nature and thereby a strong sense of living nature, SLA ensures minimal operation and optimizes the effect of water management. Build upon existing green elements and vegetation the landscape strategy enables unique connectivity and strengthens the identity of the hospital.
Come explore the fundamentals of our office together with us
– The Book of Garden
Essay: The Bark Room