Photo: 3XN AS

Two hands will gather children, adolescents and women in labour

To establish the world’s best hospital for children, adolescents and their families. This is the vision of the new Children's Hospital Copenhagen Copenhagen. COWI is the client consultant. Now, the winning design has been announced.


The new Children's Hospital Copenhagen will have a distinctive characteristic; a building shaped as two hands, gathering all children, adolescents and women in labour under one roof while taking care of the whole family.

The architecture firm 3XN A/S has developed the winning design, ‘Playfully Logical’, and the ambitions are high for the new hospital: To revolutionize the experience before, during and after treatment. The new building creates a framework that lets families be together as a family and helps them maintain a normal everyday life.

At Children's Hospital Copenhagen, the specialists will come to the children, the adolescents, the women in labour and the families – not the other way around. The concept of play will be integrated in all treatment and in the entire process.

“Children will not stop playing because they become ill, and at Children's Hospital Copenhagen we can and will support this fact. I like the symbolism of the hands, because what we want to do is provide a safe pair of hands to people who are facing a difficult life time. At Children's Hospital Copenhagen, we will help families and patients maintain their everyday life to the extent possible while they are being treated and that is of great importance,” says chairwoman of the regional council, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.

The Capital Region of Denmark has donated DKK 1.4 billion to the project. Ole Kirk’s Foundation has donated DKK 0.6 billion.

About Children's Hospital Copenhagen

The building will cover 58,000 m2 distributed on nine floors

Vision and design principles

The design was revealed at University Hospital Copenhagen on 23 August 2017. 3XN has prepared the design proposal in collaboration with Arkitema Architects K/S, NIRAS, Architect Kristine Jensens Tegnestue and Rosan Bosch.

Five design principles have been set out to guide the building as well as the organisation:

  • Integrated play
  • Designed for everyday life
  • See me, ask me, let me
  • The good health care journey
  • Clear zones and easy wayfinding.

When the hospital opens in 2024, it will include:

  • 176 rooms for children, adolescents and their families
  • 43 beds for adults
  • 15 operating theatres
  • 14 delivery rooms
  • 50 pre- and post-operative beds
  • 18 day hospital beds for children and adolescents
  • 57 ambulatory rooms for children and adolescents
  • 30 ambulatory rooms for adults
  • 1 diagnostic centre.

COWI is the client’s consultant throughout the project including design phases, implementation, delivery and inspections.

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Charlotte Holm

Charlotte Holm
Group Media Relations Manager
Group Communication, Denmark

Tel: +45 56401989