Nobody likes staying overnight at a hospital, so the Scandinavians have come up with a clever alternative; enter the Patient Hospital, a concept that combines the comforts of a modern, design-led hotel, with the care and wellness elements of a high quality hospital.
Created for patients who live far from their place of treatment and need accommodation for examinations, but are not in absolute need for full hospitalisation, this hotel genre straddles two worlds. It is staffed with nurses – ticking the box of healthcare - as well as hotel and nutrition assistants - as every self-respecting high-end hotel would do – catering thus for their guests' every need. The latest one has just opened as part of Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet, designed by Danish super-studio 3XN.
The stone-clad sculptural building is formed by two overlapping V-shaped structures; this gesture creates two bright central atriums that play a key role in the building's light and orientation arrangement.
Patient's accommodation – matched by a sleek restaurant – occupies the first three floors of the structure. Administration offices and supporting facilities are housed on the top three levels. The hotel's 74 rooms are a comfortable approximate 20 sq m in surface – and each have a private balcony.