Home > Why Dutch? > Freek Jan Kossen, Gemini Hospital: “A pleasant hospital for everyone”

Freek Jan Kossen, Gemini Hospital: “A pleasant hospital for everyone”

DHD Partners show how to make it

A magnificent hospital on a new site. With promising elements like Planetree and the Living Building Concept. Construction coordinator Freek Jan Kossen is closely involved in the project to design the new Gemini Hospital in Den Helder. Even though the current economic climate has slowed progress, he talks about the project enthusiastically.

The importance of Planetree

“Our patients are our clients. Our existence depends on them. In our world of efficiency, we also want to create the time and space to approach the patient in a friendly manner. Just like in a good hotel.” Freek Jan Kossen supports the importance of Planetree. The idea behind Planetree is that if a patient feels comfortable, he will recover more quickly. “The quality of the patient experience is one of our criteria. A healing environment ensures that visitors like to come here. The design makes that happen.” The building receives plenty of daylight, offers wonderful views from various spaces, and establishes clear contact with nature.

Living Building Concept for now and later

The Gemini Hospital wants a multipurpose hospital building that can adapt effectively to changing demands, wishes and functions. Freek Jan Kossen: “Give us a hospital that is designed and built according to the Living Building Concept. We have opted for a clever, future-proof and economically most advantageous building.”

Top score in design competition

“The guiding principle in the design was a healing environment in the most economically advantageous hospital. In selecting the winning proposal for the 25,000-m2 building, we carefully considered the quality of experience for both patients and staff, as well as the functional and technical quality. Is it cleverly designed? Does the patient like to be in our hospital? How good have the future scenarios been outlined? We discussed everything with the candidates and tested their competence in the area of collaboration. The consortium of partners from DHD came out on top.” *)

All-round quality

“The integrated character of the design is excellent I think. Certainly when you look at the integration of architecture and landscape, installations and construction. And the position of the hospital on the available site is cleverly considered. The local authorities were enthusiastic straight away. The winning design also carefully considered the integration of ICT and the translation of work concepts. Of course some aspects need improvement, but you discuss those together and change accordingly.”

Enduring relation

The design, construction and maintenance of a hospital is a major undertaking. We are only starting that process in Den Helder. Freek Jan Kossen: “You have to deal with the complexity of healthcare and with the hospital as an enterprise. It is then important to establish a good relationship of trust with one another, in which all sorts of arguments are put forward as the design develops. We achieve that excellently in Den Helder!”

*) In the Helder Oranje consortium of contractors and designers, Dutch Hospital Design partners oversaw the design.

NEWS

Italian universities visit Martini Hospital

Read more
Read all about our latest projects...
  • Moscow Medical Centre
    Medical Centre Moscow
    Moscow, Russia

    The new Medical Centre in Moscow will be situated on the grounds of an historically significant villa surrounded by a grove of oak trees.
    Dutch Hospital Design’s design solution was on the one hand to provide a respectful architectural treatment towards the historical mansion and on the other hand to retain as much of the existing oak trees as possible.

    Read More
  • Next Generation Hospital Slovakia
    NGH Bratislava
    Michalovce, Slovakia

    For a long time the capital of Slovakia has been looking forward to getting a new hospital facility. To have a broad and diverse choice of the design of the new hospital, Penta investments set out an international competition for the definition and design of the 70,000 m² building.

    Read More
  • Wanica Health Center, Suriname
    Wanica Health Center
    Wanica, Suriname

    A flagship hospital for Suriname in a tropical climate. Dutch Hospital Design and the Van den Berg group architects designed this new flagship hospital for the government of Suriname, a small country on the Northern side of South America. The hospital will be situated in the suburb of Wanica situated near Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname.

    Read More
  • The Asclepius!
    Sielnica, Slovakia

    Looking to Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing, one can say that although the knowledge of healthcare was very advanced in ancient times, it cannot be compared to our current possibilities and certainly not to those that lie ahead. In the same way, hospitals built in ancient times cannot be compared with those of today. On the other hand, people now and then don’t differ too much. In fact, they are more or less the same and have comparable needs.

    Read More
  • Nursing Home Vivaldi Zoetermeer
    Vivaldi Nursing Home
    Zoetermeer, Netherlands

    The main challenge for the design of the new nursing home was to make it suitable for the uncertainty of future needs. Through a thorough analysis we realized that not the quality of nursing but the quality of living was the most important factor to achieve the best change of use for a building with an economic lifespan of 40 years or longer.

    Read More
  • Martini Hospital
    Groningen, Holland

    The design for the new Martini Hospital takes the theme of flexibility a step further. That led to an IFD status (Industrial, Flexible and Demountable Building System) awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

    Read More
  • NGH Michalovce
    Michalovce, Slovakia

    Dutch Hospital Design recently took part in a design competion for a new hospital in Michalovce, a town in Eastern Slovakia. The competition arose from Svet Zdravia’s (client) ambition to achieve similar high healthcare standards to Western Europe and to consolidate various healthcare facilities in the region into one complex in Michalovce. The project involves a minimal renovation of the existing hospital of about 9,000m² and the addition of a new building of around 13,000m².

    Read More
  • Haga Hospital
    The Hague, Holland

    In 2008, the Haga Hospital started a programme of innovation to improve working procedures. This programme consists of online services for patients, digitization of information flows, and a more patient-centred approach.
    The Haga Hospital, a large hospital that occupies a number of sites in The Hague, also decided to group all care services in one facility. That meant moving the Juliana Children’s Hospital to the main location, which has also been renovated and enlarged with a new building.

    Read More
  • Gelre Hospital, Zutphen - Poli pilot
    Gelre Hospital
    Zutphen, Holland

    The new Gelre Hospital opened its doors on 2 October 2010. This is the first Dutch hospital financed entirely by the hospital itself, instead of by the state, which was common until recently in the Netherlands. The hospital is smaller than the old building, and that meant that many logistical and efficiency issues had to be addressed.

    Read More
  • NEWS: Launch Health~Holland Guide 2015-2016

    Read More
  • NEWS: Martini Pavilion wins 3rd prize

    Read More
  • NEWS: Italian universities visit Martini Hospital

    Read more
  • NEWS: Martini Pavilion nominated for the architecture award 2015 Groningen

    Read More
  • NEWS: Dutch Hospital Design becomes member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

    Read More
  • NEWS: Dutch Healthcare best in Europe

    Read More
  • NEWS: How to respond to the future of healthcare

    Read More
  • NEWS: Dutch Hospital Design designs a new Hospital for Michalovce

    Read More
  • NEWS: IBA selected to install UMCG Proton Therapy system

    Read More
  • NEWS: Visit of Singapore delegation in Alkmaar

    Read More