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Architecture shapes behaviour. This ethos, which drives each of Danish studio 3XN’s projects, is central to the new North Wing of Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet. Occupying a narrow site in the northern quadrant of the over-250-year-old institution’s campus, the seven-storey, Jura stone–clad structure leverages a number of simple yet effective moves. Its zigzagging footprint, for one, allows ample natural light to enter deep into the interior while housing 209 patient rooms along the resulting darting corridors (196 of them are private to foster more visitor interaction during the healing process). 

Central to the new structure is an impressive public art program, which includes works by such leading Danish artists as Olafur...
3XN Builds a New Kind of Medicine at Copenhagen’s Largest Hospital

The recently completed North Wing of the Danish capital’s Rigshospitalet lends light, clarity and privacy to the healing process.

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