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The hospital in the city

In 2006, against some tough competition, White won the design competition for the new hospital and now two of Sweden’s leading architectural practices – White and Tengbom – have formed White Tengbom Team which is continuing work on the New Karolinska Solna University Hospital. One of the principal aims of this project is to enhance the interaction between care, research and training. In neighbouring districts, today’s link roads are being replaced with Hagastaden, a high density, dynamic urban district. The engine powering this new urban district is called the New Karolinska Solna – an ultramodern hospital facility which will open for business in 2016. The new university hospital is being executed under a Public-Private Partnership scheme (PPP). New Karolinska Solna University Hospital is being built and carried through by Swedish Hospital Partners, a consortium comprising Skanska from Sweden and Innisfree from the UK.

The architecture

The New Karolinska Solna University Hospital is introducing a scale involving considerably higher density as compared to the current Karolinska hospital and inner city Stockholm. Great care is being devoted to the external environment, particularly to the university park which unites the institute and the hospital. The main entrance from the square welcomes visitors with the generously proportioned entrance hall which contains the service functions. The materials used in the public environments are timeless – natural stone, glass, steel featuring elements in light timbers, conveying a sense of high-calibre Scandinavian architecture. The colour and materials concept, in combination with the signage, lighting and artistic interpretation, constitutes an important tool for making it easier for people to get their bearings and for directing the spotlight onto the importance of the environment for a more rapid recovery.

General applicability and flexibility

New treatment methods and the ever-quickening pace of development in medical technology set new specifications for the design of healthcare facilities. The new hospital is therefore being built with a general structure as regards storey heights, frame and installations. Everything is intended to promote sustainable and flexible use with strict specifications for rapid variability.

Patient first

The New Karolinska Solna University Hospital is designed as an environment which centres upon the patient’s well-being. All inpatients will have a private room with associated hygiene facilities and space for relatives. A private room enhances the patient’s feeling of integrity, confidence and security, for example because there is a reduced risk of infection spreading. The private room also allows for patient¬centred nursing in which the care team, involving various professions, gathers together around the patient. The hospital is designed with integrity in mind. Corridors are split into public and professional zones so that inpatient flows/bed transports are separated from flows of a more public nature.

Minimal environmental impact

The new hospital has been designed to attain the highest Eco-building classification, and the facility as a whole is regarded as having achieved “gold”, the top grade. The building’s energy consumption is 110 kWh/m2 per year, which more than halves today’s consumption figure. All energy has to be ”green” and has to come from renewable sources.

BIM – project design in 3D

The project is Sweden’s biggest BIM project. Achieving the architectural aims also sets strict specifications for the BIM project design in which White Tengbom Team, in collaboration with Skanska, are building up a wealth of expertise and are developing methods for everything from visualisation to detailed project design and information management.

CEO White Tengbom Team:

Per-Mats Nilsson

Other contributors:

White Tengbom Team

New Karolinska Solna University Hospital

  • Client: SHC (Scandinavian Hospital Partner)
  • Project Start/End: 2010-2018
  • Completed: 2018
  • Area/Size: 330 000 sqm (9-12 floors)
  • Apartments / Rooms: Approx. 600 inpatient beds, 100 rooms for day care and 100 rooms in the Patient Hotel
  • Cost: 14.5 billion SEK (excl. equipment)
  • City: Stockholm
  • Photographer/Illustrator: White Tengbom Team
  • Operating theaters: 36
  • Outpatient clinic rooms: 180
  • Radiation therapy rooms: 8
  • Employees: 6000
  • Researchers and students: 1000
  • Environmental certification: LEED Gold and Miljöbyggnad Gold


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