BDP has been named among eight finalists in the international contest to design a new hospital complex in the Bispebjerg suburb of Copenhagen
Chosen from more than 50 submissions, the shortlist includes Dutch stars Mecanoo and global giants Atkins.
Vagn Risby Mortensen, vice president of the Bispebjerg Project was delighted by the ‘massive interest from around the world’ in the competition which was launched in September. He said: ‘The project is complex, because it must include both a general hospital and a psychiatric facility. It includes both beautiful, preservation-listed buildings as well as new buildings.’
He added: ‘The project must be developed while Bispebjerg Hospital is fully operational. And it takes place in the city and not on a green-field. Therefore it is an incredibly challenging and exciting task to solve.’
The project features 94,000m² of new buildings and the renovation of a further 64,000m² on the 26 hectare plot and is expected to last for 11 years.
Andrew Smith, head of healthcare at BDP’s Sheffield office said: ‘Danish hospital projects are, in our view, currently the best in the world due to their high design aspirations. And the project at Bispebjerg is a unique opportunity to work with with both the landscape and historic buildings.’
Submissions from the shortlisted eight will be expected in February, with one to three selected to finalise proposals. A final winner will be announced June 2012 with the site expected to open for patients in 2025.
The full shortlist:
Arkitema K/S (Copenhagen)
Atkins Danmark A/S (Copenhagen)
Brunet-Saunier Architecture (Paris) with Agence Ter (Paris)
Cubo Arkitekter A/S (Aarhus)
Drees & Sommer Nordic A/S (Copenhagen)
Venhoeven CS architecture+urbanism (Amsterdam) with OKRA landscape architects (Utrecht)