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Queen Ingrid's Hospital, Greenland

Julian Weyer, C F Møller Architects

The construction of the new health centre and national pharmacy for Greenland’s national hospital, the Queen Ingrid Hospital, is the first stage of a master plan future-proofing the hospital, originally built in the 1980s.

The building practically grows straight up out of the terrain like a block of ice - and the design was also inspired by the natural surroundings just outside the hospital windows: the ice floes that float around in Godthåbsfjord, and the sight of Greenland’s highest mountain, Sermitsiaq, which towers up behind the town of Nuuk.

With both the facades and the roof clad in copper, the building also emanates a sense of wholeness - just like an ice block or a mountain top.  The unifying copper skin is appropriate for the building’s inclined form and makes it subtly stand out as a dignified public building.

The particular texture of the copper as well as its beautiful patina - and not least the robustness in relation to the extreme climatic conditions of Greenland - have all been important parameters for selecting this particular material for the project.

With its striking sculptural form, the building directs itself towards the town and the users, marking the hospital’s new main entrance and drawing attention to the hospital’s renewal process.

The new health centre adds 1,500 m2 to the hospital. All in all the master plan for the renovation and extension of the hospital encompasses 20,500 m2.

The building has been financed by the A. P. Møller Foundation, as well as by grants from the government of Greenland.

 

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Building

Owner: 
Health Directorate, Greenland
Completion date: 
2009
Country: 
Greenland
City: 
Nuuk
Street: 
Sanamut Aqqut

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Type of building: 
Health and social care
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
Upgrade

Architect

Name, office: 
C F Møller Architects
Address & description: 
Europaplads 2.11, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Copper contractors

Title: 
The A P Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation

Awards

Season: 
2011

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