The main aim of the new entrance is to more easily accommodate large numbers of visitors and to help to guide them through the hospital to the different departments. Guidance is provided by the new information centre, located at the main door, which is now separated from the patients´ registration desk. Apart from information and registration points, the new entrance area hosts a pharmacy and a new refreshment area. During the summer months there is the opportunity for visitors to sit on the adjacent terrace, accessed by the side door. Rest rooms are also part of the new entrance building.
The architectural solution for the new entrance takes its cue from the existing buildings that were constructed during the first phase of the modernisation. The main pavilion has two distinct visual identities, based on function (emergency and general hospital), the new entrance contrasts with both. The rounded shapes contrast with the strict lines of the left wing and the regular order of the window grid of the right wing. A dominant portal is created by way of a curved roof over the glass facade. The overhanging roof structure creates two covered parking spaces, shielding arriving patients from any bad weather.
The previous entrance to the building was shielded by a ‘hood’ of green-painted steel. The green colour proved to be a good contrast with the two shades of grey – the plaster and terracotta tiles of the two wings of the pavilion. It was decided that the new entrance would inherit the green colouration from the old. Due to the design of the curved roof shape, and the overhang, it was obvious that only a metal solution was possible. As a result, pre-patinated copper was the chosen material. Continuous horizontal seams, parallel with the incline of the roof, were used. Silver coloured aluminium and white plaster complete the new entrance building.