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Leading Scandinavian architecture firms 3XN and Link amplify Copenhagen hospital

Rigshospitalet, based in central Copenhagen, opened it’s newly built north wing earlier this week. The design is the result of a close collaboration between Norwegian LINK, Danish 3XN and Swedish Sweco, making for a remarkable Scandinavian architectural coalition.

In order to blend in with its central Copenhagen surroundings the facade is draped in glass and natural light stone material, and the side of the building that faces residential blocks is lower than the higher side that faces the hospital.

The new section is simple yet effectively built on a series of folded V-structures all tied together by a transversal link. This ensures optimal logistics and proximity between the hospital’s different units and therefore minimizing the walking distances for hospital staff.

The glass laden building front faces Fælledparken and make for natural views for staff and patients. This also means a lot of natural light that will light up the green hospital wing.

— We are happy to inaugurate the new wing, which marks a major step for a more contemporary and spacious Rigshospital. We’ve have had a constructive collaboration with architects, engineers and interior designers, staff and patient needs, says hospital director Per Christiansen in a statement.

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Historical meets contemporary at Nybrogatan 17

Nybrogatan, one of Stockholm’s most prominent streets, has just been supplemented with a new office building on Nybrogatan 17. The new spaces, owned by property owners Humlegården, host 6000 square meters of commercial space as well as 18 new apartments, and the modern brick-laden facade contrasts the ancient neighboring buildings to create a Scandinavian mixture of old and new.

Danish architecture firm 3XN was hired to create the office building, which has a twisting and turning glass facade that faces the courtyard. The modern offices are built right next to the ancient Astoria building, a former cinema that dates back to 1874. The old theater spaces are now refurbished to host Brasseri Astoria, a new restaurant led by chef Björn Frantzén most famous for his Michelin three-star restaurant Frantzén.

— We are creating office spaces with the best conditions. It has never been more important to have a dynamic context. Nybrogatan and its surrounding blocks are some of Stockholm’s most intriguing places, stores and restaurants, says Peter Lind, property manager at Humlegården.