The groundbreaking ceremony for New Østfold Hospital took place in September 2011; in December 2012, 300 artisans
started working on site, the hospital growing two metres in height each day. The hospital will merge several hospitals into
one super hospital, meeting needs for the southeastern part of Norway as part of a strategic plan by the Norwegian government
to streamline and improve the Norwegian hospital
system.

The project, with its 90,000 m², will accommodate four existing hospitals as well as psychiatric care. The hospital has been tagged “bright future” to emphasize the importance of context—not just for the architectural expression, but also for its healing effect on patients and the
effect on hospital staff.

The hospital is robust and compact in its layout, yet contains optimal logistics and flexibility. The goal of the architectural design is a confidence-building framework in which patients, visitors and staff feel highly prioritized.

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