“It is a great honour that the projects have been recognised in this way by Forum Vårdbyggnad, which is such an important and respected force in the industry. The research is clear, architecture has a great impact on our sense of purpose in general, and on patients’ recovery in particular. We are constantly working to improve our understanding of how we can promote health through architecture and the way we shape healthcare environments,” says Alexandra Hagen, CEO of White Arkitekter.
The New Karolinska Solna project is based on White’s winning design proposal from 2006, which was further developed by Tengbom and completed by the project company White Tengbom Team 2010–2017. At 330,000 square metres, the hospital is one of Sweden’s all time major new construction projects. NKS is a healthcare building assignment that encompasses environments for treatment along with research and development. A complex assignment that required unique collaboration between many players and competences over the years, where good cooperation between the developer SHP, Region Stockholm, White Tengbom Team and Nyréns Arkitektkontor has been instrumental in the architecturally fine and thoroughly well-planned end result. The NKS project has previously received international awards such as the European Healthcare Design Award 2017. The project is also nominated for the World Architecture Festival Awards in the category “Completed health projects,” to be announced in November in Amsterdam.