SOUTH GENERAL HOSPITAL, STOCKHOLM
A green haven within a busy urban landscape
South General Hospital, one of Stockholm’s biggest medical facilities, is being expanded and modernized to cater to a growing and ageing population. With environmental protection at the heart of the design brief, the project promises to become a green beacon in the development of healthcare services in Sweden.
Sustainability, a Priority
Already host to the largest emergency department in Scandinavia, the renovated complex will boost these services further with three new hospital buildings, set to house an upgraded emergency room, operating theatres and patient wards with private rooms, as well as a modern catering block. Aiming for a gold rating under Sweden’s Miljöbyggnad certification system, the client has placed heavy emphasis on environmentally friendly design.
Maximizing Greenery to Aid Healing
We were hired to landscape the facility’s external environment, provide traffic planning and oversee project logistics in close cooperation with other consultants. A major challenge was to design the peaceful, green spaces needed to aid healing and meet environmental goals, while also providing convenient access for ambulances, taxis and other vehicles. Our solution was to maximize greenery on all available space, including building joists and rooftops, as well as to create scenic paths for patients to walk on.
As a result, the hospital grounds will become a green lung, offering respite to patients, visitors and staff amid a congested urban environment.