Starting with REHAB Basel which opened in 2002, Herzog & de Meuron has developed an expertise in designing hospitals. The University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland and the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark are both currently under construction, while a new project to expand the University Hospital in Basel was recently awarded after a design competition.
Herzog & de Meuron designs hospitals which neither look nor feel like hospitals. On top of fulfilling all technical and functional requirements efficiently, these holistic health care facilities are developed with healing at its heart and people foremost in mind. These are open, permeable, breathing environments for patients, visitors and staff, with connections to natural surroundings, daylight, and views provided by large glazed facades and interior courtyards that also ease orientation.