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Karlsson Architects

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Karlsson architects was established in 2007 and has through various competitions and realized buildings marked itself as an ambitious, innovative and service oriented practice with a strong healthcare profile. The utilization of the principles of recovery and healing architecture, sustainable solutions and expertise in user involvement process has resulted in projects, where architecture truly performs as an integrated part of the healing process. The strong in-house design, project and building management competences are often supplemented by collaborations with the leading experts in their field from lighting designers to artist, resulting in projects that offer a wholesome experience of the space.

Products and solutions

Healthcare design and planning

Karlsson architects offers a full service architect consultancy with a focus on a single client and project, resulting in successful collaborations and value creating results. Providing a broad spectrum of services from client consultancy to planning assignments both within cultural heritage and new developments, the starting point for the design and project development is always a thorough analyze of the program, the site and the client and the focus on creating sustainable solutions. With expertise in healthcare architecture, the office is particularly invested in exploring the possibilities in welfare architecture with a single person in the center. Learn more ›

Case stories

Psychiatry Slagelse

New Psyciatric Hospital in Slagelse (DK)

GAPS, with total area of 44,000 m2, is the largest and most ambitious psychiatry construction in Denmark in more than 100 years. It consists of general psychiatric, forensic and high security wards, outpatient clinic, emergency reception, training facilities, swimming pool and a center for research and education. The bearing ideas of the project include principles of recovery and healing architecture, transparency and proximity between people and functions, universality, flexibility and hierarchy of space and stimuli. Here, the state of the art Danish psychiatry principles have been successfully translated into architecture that is supportive, warm and welcoming with each single patient in the focus. Learn more ›

Center for psychiatric health at Griffenfeldsgade, Copenhagen

Karlsson architects was commissioned to carry out a pilot project to combine the citizen services and the psychiatric services of the Municipality of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark. The project is about converting a 2000 m2 space in a former Sankt Josef Hospital in Copenhagen to a center for psychiatric health. A huge part of the project was the user involvement process led by Karlsson architects to define, rethink and implement new ways of offering support and services to people with psychiatric problems, both spatially and organizationally. The center was inaugurated in December 2016 and is the first of its kind.

Psychiatric hospital in Vejle

Karlsson architects led the user involvement process and the programming of the new psychiatric hospital in Vejle in 2014, commissioned by Region of Southern Denmark. Karlsson architects also took part in the evaluation of the OPP (Public Private Partnership) projects in the offer phase and the following contract phase. The project is ca 16.000 m2located in central Vejle, covering both child- and grown up psychiatry, school and ambulatory, teaching and recreational facilities and will be connected to the existing somatic hospital.


Christian Karlsson

Karlsson Architects

Wilders Plads 8e
1403 Copenhagen

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