0380 Frederiksberg Haver

From hospital to healthy city district

Year: 2022
Location: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Size: 14 hectares
Status: Development plan
Collaborators: Cubo, Schul Landskabsarkitekter, MOE, Smith Innovation, Michael Soetmann, Claus Bech-Danielsen
Visualisations: SLETH

The Gardens of Frederiksberg is SLETH’s proposal for a future green and active destination around Frederiksberg Hospital. In our proposal, the hospital’s legacy merges with new solutions in a progressive urban district. Here people from all over the city go to find peace and quiet from the bustle and intensity of the surrounding city.

The beautiful old buildings and trees relate to new buildings and gardens in a cohesive plan with a special Frederiksberg character. New innovative solutions go hand in hand with the hospital’s strong heritage.

Frederiksberg Hospital represents a special history that can be clearly decoded in the neighborhood’s buildings and facilities. The neighborhood contains a great story with more than 100 years of work to create quality of life for society’s sick and weak. As such, Frederiksberg Hospital has been a focal point for one of the welfare society’s most important tasks and bears the testimony of Danish society’s development from industrial society to welfare state.

Frederiksberg Hospital is a very special place, which over time has developed into a complex mosaic of different gardens, buildings, and facilities. The neighborhood is composed of buildings and outdoor spaces from different eras, in different styles and with different functions. It is not a unique area, but rather a neighborhood that contains a wealth of different spaces and experiences. At the same time, the neighborhood possesses a uniqueness that makes it special and recognizable in relation to the rest of the city. This is due to the pavilion structure, the consistent choice of materials and the distinctive green character which together create an unparalleled neighborhood in the rest of the city.

The ambition of the proposal is not only to safeguard this uniqueness, but to strengthen it. This is done by continuing the principles that have given the neighborhood its uniqueness and – in respect of this heritage – to add a new layer of  buildings, biodiverse gardens, and active urban spaces so that the hospital can be transformed into a new urban neighborhood with health in focus. From hospital to healthy city district.