The Super-Hospital: Architecture as Infrastructure’

Research project under
Spaces of Danish Welfare
Runa Johannessen

With Bispebjerg Hospital as a case study, the project probes into the political and infrastructural architecture of the hospital system.

The national structural reform from 2003 led to a massive investment in hospital buildings, with fewer but larger ‘superhospitals’ nationwide. The infrastructural ‘machinery’ of the hospital system is politically designed for economical and functional efficiency. The architectural design of the hospital buildings are additionally required to respond to values like ‘the patient in focus’, comfort and environments that support healing. How are these demands reconciled in the actual design of a complex building like Bispebjerg Hospital?

Photo: Rasmus Øhrstrøm Mogensen

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