The southern entrance was proposed to be the main entrance, with a reception area within view, which was connected to the internal thoroughfare through the bright courtyards. The main entrance was designed as a welcoming foyer – an obvious meeting place for both staff and visitors. Daylight and views guided the design, as well as access to the outdoors through the generous balconies by the lift lobbies of the wards, as well as on roof terraces.
The ambitious sustainability programme served as the basis for the design of the proposal at both the social and technical level, in order to create the smallest possible carbon footprint. Examples include the wave-shaped roof as an energy producer and the façade fabric of big T, which catered for the programme requirement of a maximum of a 25 percent proportion of windows. The compact structure resulted in a low form factor of 0.7, which was below the set requirements.
The façade material consisted of a beautiful palette of ceramics and sheet metal in a colour spectrum associated with the Småland agricultural and forestry landscape. Wood as a material was explored in the frame as well as in details around the outdoor environments. The tactile and healing effects of wood were made visible in window sections, stair railings, and as panels in well-considered spaces such as the entrance foyer and other environments where patients spend considerable amounts of time.