Outdoor Care Retreats Oslo, Norway Healthcare Buildings Photos, Rural Design Project

Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo

Norwegian Hospital Buildings, Norway rural architecture design by Snøhetta

29 Feb 2020

Outdoor Care Retreats

Architects: Snøhetta

Location: forest of Sognsvann creek, Oslo, Norway

Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo
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.

Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo

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.

Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo

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.

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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.

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“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.

Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo

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 in Oslo

Outdoor Care Retreats Oslo – Building Information

Architect: Snøhetta
Location: forest of Sognsvann creek, Oslo, Norway
Client: Friluftssykehuset Foundation
Nearest hospital: Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet

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Photography © Ivar Kvaal

Outdoor Care Retreats in Oslo images / information received from Snøhetta architects Oslo

Address: close to Rikshospitalet, Sognsvannsveien 20, 0372 Oslo, Norway

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