Laurentius Hospital, Roermond
The Laurentius Hospital in Roermond is expanded with 15.000m2 hospital facilities and a care hotel. The outdoor area is also adjusted. A new access road is constructed, together with a terrace for the ambulances next to the entrance. 90 additional parking places are added. Besides that, there is also room for planting and a bicycle shed.
After the renovation, the Laurentius Hospital consists of several separate buildings with different orientations. The impact of the building on its environment is much bigger than in the old situation. That is why it is important that the site has one clear unifying identity. This identity is granted by the adjacent church garden. An interesting collection of trees surrounds the Holy Heart Church, that is typical for Catholic church gardens. The atmosphere of the arboretum inspired the design of the hospital grounds.
The whole site is conceived of as an open forest. This open forest grants the location a certain intimacy and human scale. The new trees have translucent crowns, like the Robinia or the Gleditsia, to give pedestrians an open perspective. The ground covering is low, rich and varied. It offers something for every season. Thanks to the trees, the public space becomes an integrated interplay between light and shadow, open and secluded. The variety of buildings, objects and functions is absorbed by the ensemble of trees.
The parking places are integrated in a clear and functional manner. An axis runs across the parking lot, in the direction of the entrance. This esplanade has a green appearance and attractive places to sit. The bicycle shed is comfortable and maintenance free. Terraces, walls and slopes are constructed with polished concrete. The retaining walls are made of stacked broken tiles. The roads and paths are covered in dark, smooth tarmac. The outdoor furniture is simple and rugged.
Sustainability is an important theme for the whole complex. All materials used are sturdy and reusable. The paved surface is limited as much as possible, in order to allow rainwater to infiltrate. To further enhance water retention, the parking lots are semi- paved. The entire site is as green as possible.
- Location: Monseigneur Driessenstraat 6, 6043 CV Roermond, Nederland
- Client: Laurentius Hospital
- Partners: Michael van Gessel