Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital wins international architectural prize

Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital, designed by White Arkitekter, has won the Mental Health Project category in the Design & Health International Academy Awards 2017.

Exterior - Adam Mørk

The physical environment can be of crucial importance to patients in psychiatric care. On behalf of the Region of Southern Denmark, White designed a psychiatric hospital where the architecture supports the treatment and aids recovery. The vision was to create a hospital where nature, daylight and varied spatial sequences play a significant role in recovery.

The psychiatric hospital is composed of seven sections that ensure an open design. Large windows let daylight, nature and the surrounding environment into the building. This transparency and openness creates a safe and secure environment for both staff and patients, who can move around the building freely. Rather than being closed to the outside world, the building opens up to its surroundings in order to promote patients’ contact with the outside world during treatment.

The innovative architectural design supports treatment and contributes to positive results; the hospital has just passed 250 days without using medical restraint at one of the wards.

White collaborated with DEVE Arkitekter ApS, ARKPLAN, Wessberg A/S and Ingeniørgruppen Varde in the project.

The hospital has previously won the Architecture Award 2016 in the municipality of Aabenraa. It has also been nominated for an international award at MIPIM in Cannes for Best Healthcare Development and has received an honorable mention in the European Health Design Awards 2016.

Wien - prisoverrækkelse psd