Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge

At this moment in time, Stockholm is the fastest growing city in Europe and the need for new and upgraded healthcare facilities is urgent. To meet the demands of a growing population, Karolinska University Hospital at the Huddinge site will expand with facilities including modern environments for surgery, intervention, imaging and a new sterilisation unit.

Advanced treatment environments

The project represents one of the most significant regional investments for upgrading the advanced treatment environment. An extension of the existing hospital coordinates with a reconstruction project to include support functions like pre-operation areas, intensive care and a new mother & child unit. The existing automatic logistic system is an integrated part of the extension project.


Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge opened in 1972 and is characterised by the 1960’s rational approach to design: uniform wards housed in long, straight building complexes. At the time of its construction, it was one of the largest state-of-art hospitals in Scandinavia.

The new project will represent one of Sweden’s largest comprehensive surgery- and intervention unit, planned and equipped to support the latest knowledge according advanced treatment methods.

Location: Huddinge, Sweden
Property developer/owner: Locum, Stockholm Cunty Council property department
Tenant: Karolinska University Hospital
Size: 30,000 sqm new extension
Project start/end: 2014-2019
Cost: approx. 1.3 million SEK
Visuals: White View

An attractive and humanistic building of high architectural value

Attractive, humanistic environments of high architectural value can be experienced in both the care and research facilities. An overall design strategy is developed with respect for the existing as well as exploring new qualities of the site. The new building is located in the extension of the hospital’s wings in order to maximise existing hospital function (facilities, infrastructure and workflows) as effectively as possible, while all new operating theatres are located along the facades, with daylight and beautiful views over the park.


A central factor in the design process has been the overall aesthetic of Huddinge. The existing buildings have a defined horizontality, which contrasts with the vertical character of the facades. The new facade is made of precast concrete, a manufacturing process allowing for a variety of colours and textures as well as ensuring longevity and ease of installation.

Linking the new building’s elevation system to the existing hospital floor plan ensures that critical workflows are prioritised. Vistas and daylight, well-considered details, materials and an excellent acoustics are prerequisites. Stairwells and staircases in the building are brightened by their placement in the facade.

A human focus characterizes the inner environment. It will be calm, safe and welcoming, all built on a foundation of professional care.

Artistic exploration of colour plays a significant role in the hospital interior; but beyond pure aesthetics, the contrasting colour concept is used as an orientation point. Green, blue, yellow and red – all employed in different shades – are the four colour families in the new building. They are complemented by natural materials such as wood and stone. The main corridors end with vistas of the surrounding park and enable a generous amount of daylight to enter the space.

Contact & Team

Caroline Varnauskas



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Charlotte Ruben
Kristjan Baldvinsson
Dan Björklund