Herlev Hospital

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.

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Bjørn Ginman

Project Director, Landscape Architect MAA MDL


Herlev, Denmark


8 ha


2010 — 2020


Region Hovedstaden


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.

At Herlev Hospital, SLA has 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.


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“A tree consists of three parts: Its foliage, its trunk, and its roots. All three parts are important for the aesthetic feeling of nature. But of these three I find the roots most intriguing, most…

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– The Book of Garden

Sakuteki – The Book of Garden is a manual, a textbook for Japanese gardeners in the 11th century. This introduction sounds like this: “In making the garden, you should first understand the overall principles. According…

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Mist is a phenomenon caused by small droplets of water suspended in air. Physically, it is an example of a dispersion. It is most commonly seen where warm, moist air meets sudden cooling, such as…

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“In the beginning was chaos. While the universe began to expand after Big Bang it also decreased in temperature. It became more and more ordered. With that order, the Universe changed its background colour toward…

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Essay: The Bark Room

“Bark is both living and dead, growing and cracking, a shell, a protective layer and an integral part of the wood’s tissue. It’s the bark structure and the way it peels, which separates the different…

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“Atmosphere is a thin film of enclosure around our world. Without our vaporous, water filled atmosphere, life on Earth – or indeed life anywhere – would not exist. But atmosphere is also what you sense…

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“Sound. The soundtrack of our lives often passes us by without us noticing. But I have begun noticing the poetry of the noises around me. The rhythm and the song of the poet. The calling…

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