Västra Götaland Region’s property management company, Västfastigheter, has been driving the project to build the psychiatric quarter, and a large part of the project has been about contributing to destigmatisation of psychiatric care and its patients. Through close dialogue with users, the clinic was designed to promote patient independence, freedom, and autonomy. At the same time, the architects created a calm and safe environment for staff, relatives and visitors.
The guiding principle has been that a beautiful environment encourages a concern for the premises and those who occupy them. The two buildings are linked by a square filled with patients, relatives, students, and staff. The ground floor of one of the buildings houses a café for meetings, relaxation, and socialising.
– We are very proud and happy that a project that improves the lives of patients in psychiatric care is being recognised in this context. By bringing together all psychiatry in Borås and through increased cooperation between adult psychiatry and paediatric psychiatry, we are also creating the conditions for a clearer whole for the patient, says Boubou Hallberg, Hospital Director at Södra Älvsborg Hospital.