Outdoor Care Retreats, Oslo, Norway Hospital Buildings, Images, Architecture Design Project
Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo
Norwegian Hospital Buildings, Norway – design by Snøhetta
7 Jan 2019
Outdoor Care Retreats
Location: forest of Sognsvann creek, Oslo, Norway
Outdoor Care Retreats
In the peaceful ambience of the forests only a short walking distance from two of Norway’s largest hospitals, Snøhetta has designed secluded wooden shelters aspiring to make hospitalization easier for patients and their families.
Designed on behalf of the Friluftssykehuset Foundation, the Outdoor Care Retreats offer visitors a physical and psychological respite from stringent treatment regiments and the isolation that often follows long-term hospitalization.
Leaning towards the lush forest and the trickling Sognsvann creek, the Outdoor Care Retreat is located only a hundred meters from the entrance of Norway’s largest hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet.
Its sister building is situated in the deciduous woodland by Sørlandet Hospital Kristiansand in the South of Norway, between oak trees and birch, overlooking a nearby pond.
Originally developed in collaboration with the Department of Psychosomatics and CL-Child Psychiatry at Oslo University Hospital, the Outdoor Care Retreat provides a peaceful space where visitors can benefit from the therapeutic qualities of nature.
“Nature provides spontaneous joy and helps patients relax. Being in natural surroundings brings them a renewed calm that they can bring back with them into the hospital. In this sense, the Outdoor Care Retreat helps motivate patients to get through treatment and contribute to better disease management”, states children’s psychologist Maren Østvold Lindheim at the Oslo University Hospital, one of the initiators of the project.
The space can be used for treatment and contemplation, and for spending time with relatives and friends away from the hospital corridors. The cabins are open to every patient connected to the hospitals regardless of disease group, and reservations are managed through a booking system.
Outdoor Care Retreats Oslo – Building Information
Photography © Ivar Kvaal
Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo images / information received 070119
Address: close to Rikshospitalet, Sognsvannsveien 20, 0372 Oslo, Norway
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