New Karolinska Solna University Hospital project wins European Healthcare Design Awards

Yesterday at the Royal House of Physicians in London, New Karolinska Solna University Hospital (NKS), designed by White Tengbom Team won the Future Healthcare Design category in the prestigious European Healthcare Design Awards 2017.

Awarded by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, the prize aims to highlight “a future healthcare project that can demonstrate the potential for outstanding outcomes in masterplanning, place making, wellness and sustainability in alignment with the strategic requirements of the healthcare provider to transform their services within the wider community, regional or national health system”.

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The jury stated:

As an integral part of a wider healthcare plan in Stockholm, the Nya Karolinska is well-adapted to the planned urban surroundings and environment, making a positive contribution to the local area. There is great potential for future flexibility which provides longer term economic and operational benefits. The project addresses sustainability through design, materials and transportation, achieving a very high standard overall.

The devise “patient first” has guided the NKS project; planning and design is based on the patients’ safety, integrity and comfort. The hospital is being built to operate for up to a hundred years and has as such been planned as general, flexible and of high quality. It is one of Europe’s largest and most advanced building projects, Sweden’s most complex BIM project, the first hospital to be environmentally certified according to Swedish and international standards. It is also the heart of a whole new district which is developing around the urban hospital between Stockholm and Solna.

Within the category White Tengbom Team competed against a shortlist consisting of Haunersches Children’s Hospital at Grosshadern Campus by Nickl & Partner Architekten AG, Germany and the Phillips House Redevelopment at North York General Hospital by Montgomery Sisam Architects, Canada.

White Tengbom Team was formed in 2010 to meet the architectural challenges for New Karolinska Solna Hospital. It is a project-specific company, where two of Sweden’s largest architectural practices, White and Tengbom, work together to design the hospital.