GAPS – a new psychiatric hospital in Slagelse, Denmark – is one of four projects shortlisted for an MIPIM Award 2017 in the category “Best Healthcare Development.”
MIPIM, the world's largest real estate fair, is an annual event, and the awards have become known as the “Oscars of real estate.”
Thomas West Jensen, partner at Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, welcomes the recognition.
- Healthcare architecture in general is undergoing a very interesting development, in which an institutional focus is being replaced by a patient-centered focus - people have become the priority. In light of this development, GAPS is a manifestation of many of the new ideas surrounding healing architecture. So in that way, the recognition is fantastic, he says.
Nature, light and colors
Healing architecture has been a guiding principle for the construction, which is created in collaboration with Karlsson Architects. Patients have access to lush courtyards and quiet gardens, among other things.
Intelligent LED lighting is employed throughout to mimic daylight and recreate its natural color changes in the course of a day.
On the walls, visual artist Malene Land Green and poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen have created colors and poetry, and all patients are ensured access to daily movement and exercise through a wide range of sports and exercise facilities, including an indoor pool and spa.
Shower of awards in 2016
The psychiatric hospital won a total of three awards in 2016. As recently as October, GAPS was awarded the Architectural Review Award 2016 in recognition of the project’s ambitious approach to creating a healing and stimulating environment for patients.
Earlier that year, the project developer, the Region of Zealand, won the Danish Association of Construction Clients’ Award 2016, which underlined both the unexpected added value and social responsibility that GAPS has contributed.
Also the Danish Painter’s Guild’s Color Award 2016 went to GAPS for thoughtful and spectacular work to integrate art and colors in the psychiatric hospital in Slagelse.
In December 2016, the hospital’s research and education center was also certified with the Danish Green Building Council’s gold label.
The essence of Nordic modernism
The many awards – and now, an MIPIM nomination – suggest that the design of GAPS has successfully fulfilled the aim of creating well-functioning and healing architecture. The awards are an affirmation of the focus on creating physical frameworks that feel stimulating, secure, and sensuous.
This is something that, according to Thomas West Jensen, is deeply ingrained in Vilhelm Lauritzen’s historic architecture firm’s approach to projects.
- It is something that has been central for the architecture firm’s approach to projects since its founding in 1922. The utilization of good light, good materials, and a human scale in architecture is fundamental for Nordic modernism, he explains.
MIPIM takes place 14 - 17 March 2017 in Cannes, France
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