Östra Hospital offers patients, medical staff, relatives and visitors an opportunity to benefit from a warm environment, with careful gradations of social character – from the separate rooms to seating areas inspired by the vernacular Swedish veranda. At the core of the ward are the living room, kitchen and other communal areas grouped around a small glazed conservatory. This results in a kind of ‘corridor-free ward’, a solution offering patients an opportunity to move around in ways other than through long, constrictive corridors.
The concept behind the individual rooms was to offer multiple spaces by creating rooms within the room; resting on the bed while looking out of the window, flicking through a magazine on the armchair in the reading corner, curling up in the recessed window to watch the world go by or leaving the door ajar to see the activity in the communal conservatory. This open design encourages participation while increasing the patients’ personal space, aiding them in their preparation for getting back into life outside.
Every room offers views to the world outside.