Radboud University Medical Center Medical Psychiatric Unit

  • area / size 17,222 sqft
  • Completed 2012
  • Location Nijmegen, Netherlands,
  • EGM architects completed the design for the Radboud University Medical Center’s Medical Psychiatric Unit located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

    Radboud University Medical Center has the ambition to be groundbreaking in the development of sustainable, innovative and affordable healthcare. The Medical Psychiatric Unit (built in 1991) was outdated and constructed according to concepts from the 1990s. As a physical environment, it no longer corresponded to the newest insights in the field of clinical psychiatric care. Late in 2012, inspired by ambition, Radboud University Medical Center started a project to research whether a modern psychiatric unit could be created in the building.

    The design is completely based on the principles of a Healing Environment, in which extensive use has been made of the knowledge of Evidence Based Design. The design process was characterized by close collaboration between Radboud University Medical Center and the designing parties. This intensive process resulted in a veritable transformation of the existing building. The new unit is an airy, clearly structured, safe environment, providing ample daylight and a spacious view.

    The Medical Psychiatric Unit provides space for 27 clinical patient rooms, and includes personal sanitation facilities, a High Care & Intensive Care unit, three living and dining rooms, a central reception area and flexible work spaces. Considerable attention was paid to safety, privacy and autonomy for both patient and staff. In developing the interior, many natural materials and colours were used. Light – daylight as well as artificial light – is used as a main ingredient.

    A completely new climate control system provides a comfortable, healthy indoor climate. A new garden design for the existing patios and gardens of the clinic carries the Healing Environment of the interior straight out to the exterior. In the central part of the clinic, a patio incorporates bamboo. This area, which allows the outdoors to flow indoors, organized the clinic in a natural way.

    ArchitectEGM architects
    Partner Architect: Daniël van den Berg
    Interior Design: SH Studio, Laren
    Photography: Matthijs Borghgraef